Teacher Education Courses
It was amazing to get to collaborate with teachers from around the country! I am so glad I decided to finish my Orff-Schulwerk certification by taking Level III. It was the experience of a lifetime.
Until I took a levels course, I really didn’t get it. I thought I was doing everything right. My undergraduate training showed me that there was only one way…until I learned about Orff. After taking Level I and Level II, I still don’t feel like I have mastered what I do, however, I feel like I am approaching my students in the best way for them to learn to become musical beings. I watch them be creative and inventive in everything they do and develop their own musicianship. I am also developing my own musicianship and finding a way to challenge myself. I am excited to complete my Orff education with Level III very soon.
I have completed my Level III training and am so glad I did it! My brain is spinning with new ideas as I look ahead to a new school year. I also was able to get to know many local music teachers much better and am now looking forward to working with them again…
I can now challenge my students even further with the knowledge I have gained. I know that I will be able to push my students’ creativity even further.
My career as a teacher has been profoundly influenced by the three summers that I spent in Orff level training. Each course enabled me to see the sequential patterns in our curriculum. It allowed me to view improvisation as a necessary and exciting part of the students’ musical experiences, rather than a terrifying lack of control on my part. The courses encouraged me to process carefully, invite creativity and always engage the students in each and every valuable lesson.
I have grown as a teacher and musician through all my level training, however, Level III really brought it all together. I now have the confidence and knowledge to further apply Orff Schulwerk in my classroom. I will forever be thankful to AOSA for helping me provide the best education to my students through furthering my own education and musicianship.
Levels courses completely changed the way I teach. I became much more aware of the process of teaching and not just the outcome of my lessons. Level I gave me a great deal of materials to use in my lessons. Level II stretched me musically and helped me grow as a teacher and musician. Level II gave me the confidence to come up with my own lesson ideas incorporating the Orff process. I would not be the teacher I am today if it had not been for the excellent training I received through the Levels courses. I look forward to taking Level III this summer.
Since the completion of the course, I have continued to analyze my role in the classroom and how I can take things to the next level with my students. I have found many ways to enhance previous lessons, as well as create new and exciting lessons that will help my students realize a greater personal connection to the world around them.