Introduction To Orff Schulwerk

This course provides an opportunity to experience the Orff approach, a hands-on, creative method for teaching general music. Students will sing, play barred instruments and other percussion as well as recorder, dance, and most of all, create! Discussions focus on how this approach can impact curriculum and assessment as well as how it aligns with the Danielson Framework and Common Core Standards.


  • Understand the basics of the Orff approach

  • Play the Orff instruments appropriately

  • Teach basic recorder in the Orff style

  • Read and teach basic Orff orchestrations

  • Teach basic creative movement in the general music setting

  • Teach basic folk dancing in the general music setting

  • Foster creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in students through exploration and improvisation

  • Integrate singing, movement and instrumental playing in a musical and child-friendly way


Jean Hersey is a National Board certified teacher at Deer Path Middle School in Lake Forest, IL, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She teaches fifth and sixth grade general music. In 2012, she won the district’s Innovative Practice Award for her Spring General Music Show, which incorporated music, art, drama, and social studies curricula, and reflected the Medieval and Renaissance time periods. Hersey is also Level I Pedagogy and Movement instructor at VanderCook College of Music.

Introduction To Orff Schulwerk

Instructor: Jean Hersey

1-Credit Tuition: $340

Course Code: 6338
Dates: March 9-10
Location: VanderCook College of Music (3125 S Federal St. Chicago, IL 60616)
Room: Room Q120
Required text(s):
VanderCook will provide all text(s).
Required materials:
Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a soprano recorder.

VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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