UK Hosts Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Program

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2017)  For educators interested in learning how to teach music with an approach that integrates music, movement, speech and drama to help reach students, the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Program at the University of Kentucky School of Music is for you. 

UK’s Orff Schulwerk Training offers several 10-day courses with instruction in basic pedagogy, recorder playing, special topics, and practice teaching. This year the UK School of Music is offering:

  • Level I and II Orff Schulwerk Workshops, June 19-30;
  • Curriculum Development Workshop, June 19-23; and
  • Orff Schulwerk for Special Learners, June 26-30. 

All classes will take place in the UK Fine Arts Building and the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. Workshops will be from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.

“Participants can expect 10 days full of active music making that will expand their musicianship, creativity and pedagogical 'toolkits’. They will make new friends and develop a cohort of peers with whom they can consult for advice and support throughout the year as they implement the ideas of Orff,” said Martina Vasil, assistant professor of music education and director of the Orff Schulwerk and Dalcroze Summer Institute at UK School of Music.

The Orff Schulwerk Training can be taken just for certification (Levels I-III). The UK program is nationally recognized and overseen by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. The training can also be taken for college credits. Graduate students can either use the training as an elective or may choose to earn the Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk. 

Workshop fees vary for these courses from $275-$550 depending on the class taken. The deadline to sign up for the Orff workshops is April 15. 

For more information about the Orff Schulwerk Training or to register, contact Martina Vasil at 859-257-8203 or

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, music therapy, composition, theory and music history.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue