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Jun 08 2020 (All day) to Jun 19 2020 (All day)


Levels I, II, and III - June 8 - 19 - Hours 8:30 am - 4:45 pm

Curriculum Development Class - June 15 - 19 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please click here to meet the Faculty for this years Workshops.

Level I This course includes the basic study of Orff techniques such as the pentatonic scale, simple borduns, the ostinato, and playing pitched and unpitched percussion instruments and the soprano recorder. Topics and skills in this highly participatory course will also include vocal and rhythmic training, movement, and improvisation. A degree in music or strong musicianship is required.

Level II This course builds on the foundation laid in Level I. Folk melodies, all diatonic modes, mixed meter, and rhythms from many parts of the world are included. Accompaniments, musical forms, and improvisations are more complex. Both alto and soprano recorders are studied. Music, movement, and speech are synthesized in cooperative learning lessons. Successful completion of Level I is required.

Level III will explore polymeters and functional harmony to include I-V, I-IV, and I-IV-V accompaniment settings. Forms will include theme and variations, chaconne & passacaglia, decoration of the third, and ground bass. In pedagogy, students will apply the Orff process to conceptual teaching. All recorder voicings will be explored in a variety of combinations. Successful completion of Level II is required.

Curriculum Development Class  Participants will create a K-6 pitch and rhythm concept overview with attention to the Orff developmental sequence. A year-long scope and sequence for a grade level will also be created. In addition, we will develop and peer teach a series of lessons and will contribute to a K-6 resource database with recommended music materials and strategies that promote differentiated instruction. Successful completion of level III is required.

The national Orff organization, the American Orff Schulwerk Association, requires 100% attendance for the course in order for attendees to receive a certficiate.  


When your registration and payment are received you will be sent a confirmation. The campus map, workshop information, and letter from West Music are available on the website. A registration canceled by May 16, 2020 is refundable (less a $50 cancellation fee) or is transferable to another person. A registration canceled after May 16 is only transferable and not refundable. A registration canceled after the program has begun is not refundable or transferable. If registrations fall below the minimum number required to hold the class, Trinity University reserves the right to cancel the program and refund all fees. Central Texas Orff members receive a $50 discount. If paying by credit card, please register online and enter your discount code to receive the $50 discount. If paying by check, please deduct this amount from your payment.

Meals are available on the Trinity campus. 

The texts and materials required for the levels will be available for pre-order or on-sight at our West Music Bookstore.

Exceptional values on Orff tonebar and small percussion instruments used during these courses will be available to individuals and school districts. West Music supplies Sonor and Studio 49 instruments for our courses. The instruments will be sold at an attractive discount. No shipping fees will be charged. Bring purchase orders and tax-exempt forms from your school and save money! 

Housing Information

Housing is available on campus for $30 per night for a private room sharing a bathroom with one other guest. Housing and food service (3 meals daily) is $60 per night. Linens, a microwave, and small refrigerator are provided in each room. A small kitchenette is available. You can register for housing on the website. It is an option when your register for the course. Please indicate the number of nights you will be staying and please remember to indicate your arrival and departure days. There is also a form on line that you can print out and mail in with a check made payable to Trinity University. You can also fax the form to 210-999-7056. You will receive additional information regarding check-in and transportation prior to the workshop. If you have any questions regarding housing and food service on the Trinity University campus, please contact Lois Garza at 210-999-7601 or by email - 


Register Online or print Brochure and mail to:   

Trinity University

William Knox Holt Center

106 Oakmont Ct. 

San Antonio, TX 78212