New York City Orff Certification program
at PS 452

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.
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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 will offer both Levels 1 and 2 during the 2019-2020 school year.  Entry to Level 2 is based upon successful completion of Level 1, either in our own program or with a letter of completion from another AOSA-approved course in the United States. We welcome current music teachers, undergraduate and graduate students working toward careers in music education, and teachers of other subjects who possess a strong musical background. Successful completion of all three levels will culminate in Orff Schulwerk Certification.


Undergraduate or graduate credit may be arranged through SUNY Empire State College, Hunter College, or any CUNY college, and our Orff Certification Program is approved for NY State CTLE Hours. 

Our levels program is unique in its structure - since classes take place throughout the school year, teachers have the opportunity to immediately explore and experiment with new ideas in the classroom. This results in a flow of inspiring possibilities, fresh material for your students every week, and real-time feedback from course instructors and a cohort of like-minded, knowledgeable peers.

The New York City Orff Certification Program is approved by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, AOSA, and follows the AOSA Teacher Education Curriculum.


The NYC OCP course is New York State Approved for CTLE Hours.