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Orff Certification program

 Levels 1 & 3 will be running from the October 25, 2022 through March 21, 2023.  

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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 3 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 3 is based upon successful completion of Levels 1 & 2, 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. 


The location for the Orff Certification Program classes is PS 452,  210 West 61st St. New York, NY 10023 (see map below). 



  • Tuition is $1100 and covers the cost of the course, notes, registration, and a Saturday NYCCAOSA Chapter Workshop of your choice.

  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Payment can be made online via PayPal or by check/money order mailed to the OCP Treasurer.

  • The remaining balance can be paid in one or two equal installments with cash, check, or money order made out to NYCCAOSA.

  • Tuition must be paid in full by mid-January in order to continue with the course and earn a certificate of completion. 

**Tuition does NOT include the cost of required texts, recorders, or membership in our NYC Orff Chapter. We do hope that course participants will choose to become active in our chapter as being a part of this local Orff community has many benefits.


AOSA Contact Hour Requirements: 

30 contact hours for Basic Pedagogy

12.5 contact hours each for Recorder and Movement

5 contact hours for Special Topics

The course calendar provides for the required contact hours by AOSA, NYCDOE calendar and the schedules of our faculty. 

Tuesday classes are held 6:00 - 9:00PM.  Saturday classes are 9:00AM - 1:00PM.


Please review the schedule below thoroughly before registering. Attendance at all classes and one NYCCAOSA Saturday workshop is required for successful completion of the course. Please see the Attendance policy below for more information.

Level 1 classes are held Tuesdays with 2 additional Saturday classes.  

Level 3 classes are a blend of Tuesday and Saturdays.  For some Tuesdays no class is scheduled because a Saturday class. 


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6:00PM - 9:00PM


9:00AM - 1:00PM

B = Basic Pedagogy

R = Recorder

M = Movement

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Required materials for each level are posted below.

Level 1

Basic Pedagogy

  • Music for Children Volume 1 (Murray Ed.)

  • Rhythmitsche Übung (Keetman)

  • The Elemental Style: A Handbook for Composers and Arrangers Part 1 (Cribari and Layton)


  • Sweet Pipes Recorder Book for Adults by Burakoff and Hettrick

  • Yamaha Soprano Recorder YRS-24B (Baroque)

Level 3

Basic Pedagogy

  • Music for Children Volume 3 AND Volume 5 (Murray Ed.) 

  • Rhythmische Übung (Gunild Keetman) published by Schott


  • Soprano Recorder

  • Alto Recorder


  • Creative Dance for All Ages (2nd Edition) by Anne Green Gilbert


Participation and attendance

Attendance in all OCP sessions is required for successful completion of this coursework. In addition course participants must attend ONE NYCCAOSA Saturday Chapter Workshop to count towards your Special Topics contact hours. Entry to one Saturday workshop is complementary.


All participants must show proof of vaccination to participate in the course.

Email Craig at with questions or concerns. 

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

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