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Orff Master Class


Online Courses
All online Summer MECA courses
begin on June 8 and conclude on
August 31, 2020.

Registration for all online courses
closes at 12:00 noon CST on
May 29, 2020.

Early bird special! Register for
an online course by April 17
and save $50!

Discount applies to 3-credit courses only. Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration for the discount to apply.

On-Campus Courses
Dates for on-campus courses vary;
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for specific dates.

Registration for all on-campus
courses closes two weeks prior
to the course start date.

Early bird special! Register for
an on-campus course by April 17
and save $100!

Discount applies to 3-credit courses only. Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration for the discount to apply. Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education levels and Band Instrument Repair are not eligible for the discount.

On-campus courses are generally held 
Mondays through Thursdays
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and
Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
unless otherwise indicated or established
by the course instructor.

PLEASE NOTE: All on-campus courses will have an online component. Each course will require students to engage in one pre-course discussion, at least one post-course discussion, and a capstone project due two weeks after the course. Online credentials will be available three weeks prior to the start of each course.

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Orff Master Class

July 20–24, 2020

This course focuses on advanced techniques and teaching of the Orff Schulwerk approach using the five volumes of Music for Children by Orff and Keetman. Explore performance, improvisation, analysis and composition, with an emphasis on the 21st-century vision of teaching as a basis to encourage students to collaborate, take risks, discover and become their own composers using all five volumes as a model. Assessments to the music core and ties into a cohesive curriculum will also be addressed.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Amchin

Dr. Robert Amchin is a distinguished teaching professor of music education at the University of Louisville (KY) where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes including elementary methods, Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, secondary general music, research, and foundations classes. He also supervises student teachers. He studied at the Orff Institute (Salzburg), New England Conservatory of Music, Memphis State University, Hofstra University, Hamline University, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Amchin was an elementary music specialist in Texas and still works with children as an artist-in-residence. He has taught Orff teacher-training courses and workshops around the world including invitations to Finland, China, Russia, Austria, Israel, Poland and Canada. In addition, he has presented at numerous American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) professional development conferences.
Dr. Amchin has contributed to various publications and projects related to music teaching and learning. He has published collections of compositions and arrangements for elementary children. His most recent publications include a collection of Jewish and Hebrew songs arranged for school-age children, published as a supplement to the American Edition of Orff Schulwerk and Modal Mosaic, a set of original elemental pieces for Orff ensemble.

Course Details

Orff Master Class

Course Code 6380

Dr. Robert Amchin

July 20–24, 2020

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration

Early bird special: Register by April 17 and save $100!
Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration for the 
discount to apply.



Required Texts
Music for Children, Volumes I-V
by Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman



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Shuttle Service
A daily shuttle bus is provided by
De La Salle Institute during the summer term. Pick-up/drop-off locations and schedules will be available shortly. Please check back for details.


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3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
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