Orff Certification program

We are planning to run Levels 1 & 3 from the end of October 2022 through March 2023.  Check back on the page mid-September for more details.
Email OrffLevelsNYC@gmail.com for direct questions.  

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. 


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



Tuition is $1000.  Tuition covers the cost of the course, notes, registration, and entry into one Saturday NYCCAOSA Chapter Workshop of your choice. A $100 non-refundable registration fee (which will be applied to your 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. Of course should a level course end up being canceled before the start date, we will issue full refunds.

*There is a $50 discount on tuition for local chapter members of NYCCAOSA. 

*Please note the reason for the decrease in the tuition price from previous years. This year tuition will NOT include the cost of required texts, recorders, or membership in our NYC Orff Chapter. Attendance at all chapter workshops is no longer a requirement due to the new schedule that includes 4 Basic Pedagogy Instructional Saturdays, therefore chapter membership is not included in our tuition. We do hope that course participants will choose to become members of our chapter as being a part of this local Orff community has many benefits. Also the cost of required materials is no longer included in tuition. Many participants in the past already owned some of the materials and ended up with unnecessary duplicate purchases with no opportunity for reimbursement. Required materials will need to be purchased individually by each participant before the first class in Jan.    



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

Our course schedule includes 19 classes total in order to meet the required contact hours by AOSA. 15 weekly classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm from Jan to May. There are also 4 Saturday classes (3 hours each) for Basic Pedagogy only. The timing for the Saturday classes are listed below next to the course dates. The course calendar will follow the NYCDoE holiday calendar since we are hosted in a public school. Please review the schedule below thoroughly before registering for the course. Attendance at all classes is required for successful completion of the course. Please see the Attendance policy below for more information.

Please note- Recorder and Movement classes will not be taught every single week. Below you can find the schedule for which topics will be taught each week. Please note classes are still 6-9 pm for all three combinations. On weeks that are *BM or *BR, you will have longer sessions with those teachers allowing for deeper exploration of the content. Basic Pedagogy meets every single session.

*BRM- Basic/Recorder/Movement

*BM- Basic/Movement

*BR- Basic Recorder 

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Times for the Saturday

Basic Pedagogy Sessions

Level 1

1/08 and 2/05- 8:30-11:30 am

3/26 and 4/30- 12:00-3:00 pm

Level 2

1/08 and 2/05- 12:00-3:00 pm

3/26 and 4/30- 8:30-11:30 am


Printed notes will be provided to you each week upon the beginning of class. The required materials for each level are posted below and can be purchased new or used online. Books and recorders are not included in the cost of tuition and must be purchased separately before the first class.

Level 1:

(For Basic Pedagogy)

-Music for Children Volume 1 (Murray Ed.)

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

-Orff Schulwerk: A Brief History, Description, and Issues of International Dispersal (Mary Shamrock)

(For Recorder)

-The Sweet Pipes Recorder Book for Adults by Burakoff and Hettrick

-Yamaha Soprano Recorder

*There are no required movement texts for Level 1)

Level 2:

(For Basic Pedagogy)

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

-Body Rondo Book (Jim Solomon)

-Rhythmische Übung (Gunild Keetman) published by Schott

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


-Greek Myths and Modes (Danai Gagne and Judith Thomas)

(For Recorder)

-Enjoy Your Recorder by The Trapp Family Singers Book M-2 for Alto

-Stucke fur Flöte und Trommel (Gunild Keetman) by Schott

-Yamaha Alto Recorder

-Yamaha Soprano Recorder


Participation and attendance

Attendance in all 19 sessions is required for successful completion of this coursework. In addition to the 19 sessions with our NYCOCP Instructors, you must attend ONE NYCCAOSA Saturday Chapter Workshop to count towards your Special Topics contact hours. Your entry into one workshop of your choice is complementary.


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

Please email Craig Taylor at OrffLevelsNYC@gmail.com with questions or concerns. 

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