Level III

Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education: Level III

Next session: June 19 - 30, 2023

Register Here! >  https://appstate.irisregistration.com/Form/23orfflevel3. Registration deadline is June 7

Scholarship Applications are due May 15 (including this scholarship application form and a letter of reference). The scholarship application includes...

  1. (In the form) Information about your background and employment
  2. (In the form) A 500-word essay describing your interest in participating in an Orff-Scholarship teacher education course at the chosen level. If you are enrolling in Level III, the essay should include a discussion of the impact of previous level(s) on your teaching. Use specific examples whenever possible. 
  3. (Emailed to Dr. Lisa Runner) A letter of recommendation to support your scholarship application from a principal, supervisor, or recent college instructor who is familiar with your teaching in the school or church setting or with your work as a therapist. If enrolling in Level III, this recommendation letter may not have been used the previous year to support a scholarship application. Please have your reference email the recommendation directly to Dr. Lisa Runner at runnerla@appstate.edu. Letters must be received no later than Monday May 15, 2023.

About Level III

Designed for those who have completed an AOSA-approved Level II course, Level III involves experiences intended to enhance participants' understanding of, and teaching through, the process. The focus and content of Level III differ significantly from previous Levels courses.

Content includes:

  • pentatonic and modal scale study
  • orchestration writing (including accompaniments with simple and moving borduns; tonic; shifting harmonies)
  • advanced rhythmic experiences
  • irregular and changing rhythms and meters
  • vocal, movement and instrumental improvisation
  • ensemble playing using recorders of all voicings.

Level III participants are expected to develop increased pedagogical skills. Consequently, multiple opportunities are provided for planning, teaching, and reflecting.

Visit the main page for the Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Program at the Hayes School of Music.

Orff Level III Program and Registration Information

Orff-Schulwerk courses at Appalachian State University have been offered annually since the summer of 2002. Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White and Dr. Lisa Runner have coordinated and taught in the program continually since it began. Biographies of both instructors are available upon request.

Content Overview
Designed to provide advanced study of the Orff-Schulwerk approach, this course involves experiences intended to enhance participants’ understanding of, and teaching through, the process. Grounded in musical experiences appropriate for use with elementary and middle school students, activities will include moving, creating, singing, and playing experiences leading to deeper understanding of musical elements. Course content includes pentatonic and modal scale study; orchestration writing (including borduns, tonic, shifting and functional harmonies); advanced rhythmic experiences, irregular and changing rhythms and meters; vocal, movement and instrumental improvisation; small and large group teaching; and ensemble playing using recorders of all voicings. Enrollment is limited to those who have satisfactorily completed an AOSA-approved Level II course.

The $475 Level III registration fee covers tuition and all materials needed to successfully complete the course. No additional purchases of any type are required. This fee also includes a course t-shirt and closing picnic. 

Register at this link. (The code to enter the form, if needed, is 23orfflevel3.) If you do not have an account in App State's Iris Registration System, the form will ask you to create one. 

3 hours of graduate credit are available for those desiring to apply the class to a degree program. Application to Appalachian State as a non-degree seeking student and regular summer tuition are required. Note that all materials must be submitted no later than May 8, 2023. Learn more about the application process here: https://graduate.appstate.edu/graduate-admissions/apply-graduate-school/non-degree-seeking-applicant

Partial Scholarships
A limited number of partial “gAPP” Orff-Schulwerk scholarships are available annually to assist deserving students. This year’s application deadline is May 15. The scholarship application is available via the registration page.

Individuals may stay on-campus in university housing during Off Level III if desired. Participants will be housed in one of the university’s newest dormitories within an easy walk of the Broyhill Music Building; this dorm will only house adults. Participants will have access to kitchen and laundry facilities. Housing prices for 2023 will be:

  • $360 - shared room. We are happy to help you find a roommate if this is your preferred option.
  • $660 – single occupant with a suitemate.
  • $55 – optional linen bundle with sheets, towels, and blanket. Most participants elect to bring their own linens.

For more info, please contact Lisa Runner at runnerla@appstate.edu or 828.262.8051.

Music Education at Appalachian State University

The Hayes School of Music offers a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, which provides skilled musicians the opportunity to develop expertise in the classroom, ensemble, and private studio in preparation for careers and state certification as public music school teachers and directors. Read more about the Music Education program in the Hayes School of Music.