Orff-Schulwerk Certification Course
Level II

Monday, July 11 - Friday, July 22, 2016

Orff-Schulwerk is a creative approach to teaching and learning music through speaking, singing, playing instruments and moving. Created by composers Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, the Schulwerk is an exciting way to teach and learn music. For more information about the Kansas Orff Chapter, please contact President Greg Gooden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website at www.kansasorff.org.

Schulwerk Level II

Level II is for anyone who has successfully completed an AOSA-approved Level I course. Instruction will review Level I techniques, introduce hexatonic and modal melodies, drone and chord accompaniments, and changing meters. It will also include movement and instrumental improvisation, and extended forms. Instruction will continue with the soprano recorder and the introduction of the alto recorder.

Housing & Meals

Housing is available in the Horn and Markham Apartments on the Baker University campus for $325. Check in Sunday, July 10. The apartments include private bedrooms, shared bath, and kitchen facilities. Plan to bring your own bedding (extra-long twin) and towels. Meals are available in the Baker Dining Hall and area restaurants.

Registration & Fees

The certification course fee is $600. You may register for the course online or mail the pdfregistration form and a $150 nonrefundable deposit postmarked by June 3. The balance of payment for the course will be due on or before the first day of classes. You may earn 3 hours of graduate credit from Baker University by paying $65 per credit hour ($195 total). Enrollment and payment for graduate credit will occur on the first day of classes.


Special Invitation to Orff Chapter Members

We wish to extend a special invitation to the members of the Kansas Orff Chapter and the Heart of America Orff Chapter to attend this workshop. Baker University's beautiful tree-filled campus with its brook, bridge, and an English village chapel (moved to the campus in 1996) will be a fantastic site in which to enjoy this rewarding workshop. The Baker campus is located just 45 minutes from Kansas City and Topeka and 20 minutes from Lawrence, with many recreational opportunities such as swimming, restaurants, historical sites, and parks. Classes meet 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.


Connie Van Engen: PedagogyConnie

Connie Van Engen is the music specialist at Bell Prairie Elementary, where she teaches K-5 students and conducts the Wind Song Choir. Connie received her Orff Schulwerk Certification from Hamline University and apprenticed with Elaine Larson at George Mason University. Connie is the Level II Pedagogy instructor in the Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education Courses at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and Baker University in Kansas. She is the Recording Secretary of AOSA and has served as a Region III representative. In 2013, Connie was named the North Kansas City School District’s Teacher of Distinction. She is a soprano in the Kansas City Symphony Chorus. Connie and her husband, Ken, share their 100-year-old house in Kansas City with an Old English Sheepdog named Addy.

Jennifer Donovan: Movementdonovan

Jennifer Donovan teaches K-5 general music, 4th- and 5th-grade chorus, 4th-grade recorder ensemble, and 5th-grade drumming ensemble at Clear Creek Elementary School in USD 232 DeSoto Public Schools in Shawnee, Kansas. She is a past president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region III representative from 2004-2007 and treasurer from 2007-2009. She has presented sessions at the AOSA Professional Development Conferences in San Jose, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Denver. She is a frequent presenter at Orff chapters across the country. In 2009 she was a finalist for the Kansas Teacher of the Year. She served as a member of the Kansas Teacher of the Year Team in 2009, traveling the state conducting workshops for preservice teachers at colleges and universities. Jennifer serves as the Elementary Chair for the Kansas Music Educators Association. Jennifer’s 5th graders have been invited twice to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. She was the 2012 recipient of the World Village Wildcard scholarship and attended the JaSeSoiRy World Village in Valkeala, Finland.

Greg Gooden: RecorderGreg May 2015

Greg Gooden teaches music at Fort Riley Elementary School in Fort Riley, Kansas. He is the director of the Geary County Children's Choir and previously directed the McPherson Arts Council Children's Choir. (The Geary County Children's Choir was selected to perform at the 2014 and 2016 KMEA In-service Workshop.) Gooden serves as president of the Kansas Orff Chapter and serves as a member of the JCEA Board of Directors. He was the Elementary Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year in 2006 and 2012 for the North Central District KMEA, and presented at the 2005 AOSA National Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, and the 2006 National Conference in Omaha. He holds World Music Drumming Level 1 and Conversational Solfège certifications. Gooden received Levels I-III Orff certification and Master's Class from the University of Memphis. He has directed many district KMEA Elementary Honor Choirs and has presented Orff workshops locally and nationally. Gooden has been the Orff course director at Baker University since its inception.

Cancellation Policy

Baker University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is cancelled or postponed, Baker University will refund all registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges or expenses incurred by the registrant.