Summer Orff Institute

 Orff Schulwerk in Memphis

This is a unique opportunity to do your Orff training in the home of BBQ and the blues! The University of Memphis Orff Summer Institute is one of the longest operating Orff Certification Programs in the country. Learn to engage your students in joyful music making and dance, while you develop supportive connections with instructors and colleagues in this two-week teacher education course. Our engaging and accomplished faculty will make this an educational, inspiring, and transformative experience for you.

What is Orff Schulwerk?

Orff Schulwerk is a dynamic and active approach to music and movement education created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman. The Orff approach builds on children's innate musical abilities through things they do naturally: sing, speak, move and play. Through singing, rhythmic speech, body percussion and movement, children gain experience and develop instincts for making music in a joyful and accessible way. Orff Schulwerk uses songs, rhymes, games and dances to explore traditional and original music in elemental style, introducing musical skills and concepts in a logical and integrated way. Music and movement are often accompanied by clapping, snapping and stamping, or with pitched and unpitched percussion as well as recorders. The Orff-Schulwerk Certification Program at the University of Memphis is approved by the American Orff Schulwerk Association.

Coordinator of Summer Orff Institute


Heather Klossner, Ph.D. heather.klossner@memphis.edu

A word from the coordinator:

My Orff-Schulwerk training completely transformed my teaching! Besides giving me creative ideas to take back to the classroom, the experience showed me how I could create my own materials tailored to my students' needs. As my instructors, classmates and I collaborated throughout the two weeks, we formed lasting friendships that continue to this day. Join us in Memphis so you can experience the same!