Orff Certification program

The Orff Schulwerk approach to music and dance education is based on the educational philosophy and pedagogy of the contemporary composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman. The basic premise of the approach is that movement, speech, singing and instrumental playing form an inseparable unity in the music teaching process. The blending of these components contributes to the harmonious development of the child's physical, social, musical and artistic development. 


The New York City Orff Certification Program offers Levels 1 and 2 as enrollment allows. This Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educator course is open to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in music education as well as music teachers. Regular classroom teachers with a strong musical background are also invited to attend. Entry to Level 2 is based upon successful completion of Level 1, either in our own program or another AOSA approved course in the United States. Successful completion of all three levels will lead to Orff Certification. College credit (undergraduate and graduate) may be arranged through SUNY Empire State College or Hunter College or any of the CUNY colleges. 

Our Orff Certification Program is approved for NY State CTLE Hours. 

Location: The location for the Orff Certification Program classes will be PS 51 Elias Howe Elementary, 525 West 44th St. New York, NY 10036 (see map below). 


Tuition: Tuition is $1200.  This includes the cost of registration, books, recorders, materials, required Saturday workshops, and one year of membership to NYCCAOSA.  A $100 non-refundable registration fee (which will be applied to the total tuition cost) is due at the time of registration. Tuition can be paid in one or two equal installments with cash, check, or money order made out to NYCCAOSA. Currently only the registration fee of $100 may be paid online using our paypal service. The remaining tuition must be paid with cash, check, or money order. Tuition must be paid in full by January in order to continue with the course and earn a certificate of completion. 



Weekly classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm from October to March. It will follow the NYCDoE holiday calendar. 


For more information, please email Katie Traxler.

Use the following buttons to apply to the NYC Orff Certification Program and find out additional information.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing crisis, we are unable to hold our Orff Certification Program in the 2020-2021 school year. We hope to see you in October of 2021!

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