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Orff Certification program

 Levels 1 & 2 will be running from the October 17, 2023 through March 12, 2024.  

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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 (NYCOCP) offers Levels 1 and 2 as enrollment allows. This Orff Schulwerk Teacher Educator course is open to music teachers of all levels and specialties, undergraduate and graduate students music education majors. Regular classroom, movement, and Montessori teachers with a strong musical background are encouraged to attend.

Entry to Level 2 is based upon successful completion of Levels 1 either in an AOSA approved course in the United States. Successful completion of all three levels will lead to Orff Certification. NYCOCP offers Level 3 every three years.


Tuition includes the entire 23/24 Workshop Series sponsored by NYCCAOSA.

Graduate credits are available through Ashland University. More information is available upon request.

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 $1250** and covers the cost of the course, notes, registration, and the entire  23/24 NYCCAOSA Workshop Series.

  • 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, nor AOSA membership. We encourage course participants become members of AOSA and active in our chapter. Being a part of our NYC 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 2 classes are a blend of Tuesday and Saturdays.  For some Tuesdays no class is scheduled because a Saturday class. 



6:00PM - 9:00PM



9:00AM - 1:00PM


9:00AM - 12:00noon


NYCCAOSA Workshops

10:00 - 2:30

B = Basic Pedagogy

R = Recorder

M = Movement

ST* = Special Topics

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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 (Gunild Keetman) published by Schott

  • Elementaria (Gunild Keetman) published by Schott


  • Sweet Pipes Recorder Book for Adults by Burakoff and Hettrick

  • Yamaha Soprano Recorder YRS-24B (Baroque)

Level 2

Basic Pedagogy

  • Music for Children Volume 2 AND Volume 4 (Murray Ed.) 

  • Rhythmische Übung (Gunild Keetman) published by Schott


  • Soprano Recorder

  • Alto Recorder

  • Enjoy Your Recorder by the Trapp Family Book 2 - Alto


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


Participation and attendance

  • Attendance in all OCP sessions is required for completion of this coursework.

  • ONE NYCCAOSA Saturday Workshop must be attended to count towards your Special Topics hours. Course tuition includes admittance to all Saturday Workshops. 

  • A maximum of 6 hours of classes can be missed. 

  • Classes can not be attended through Zoom.

  • All assignments including journal entries must be completed on time. 

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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