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Orff Schulwerk

CCM has canceled all in-person programs scheduled for summer 2020.

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This approach to learning, developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, builds musicianship through singing, playing instruments, speaking, moving and improvising. Active music making is the core of this philosophy, supporting both conceptual learning and affective development of children. Children who regularly improvise and create their own music and movement are uniquely prepared to solve problems in many other contexts.

Level I teacher education course is open to teachers who have earned at least a bachelor's degree in music education as well as undergraduate seniors pursuing a degree in music education or music performance (previous Orff chapter workshop attendance is recommended).

You will develop and apply skills in: 

  • Singing, Expressive Speech, Movement
  • Orff Ensemble/Percussion
  • Improvisation/Composition, Recorder and Pedagogy

This is an American Orff-Schulwerk Association approved course.


  • COURSE FEE - Orff Teacher Education Course Level I:

Graduate Credit will be available for Orff Level I for an additional tuition fee. Information about Graduate Credit with additional registration and tuition will be available in Spring 2020.


Amy C. Beegle

Title: Associate Professor of Music Education (General Music)
Office: 5237 Emery Hall
Tel: 513-556-9505

Dr. Amy Beegle's interest in music education displays a very cosmopolitan flair. Prior to teaching at CCM, she taught general music, band and choir in K-12 schools and served on the faculty of National Louis University and Pacific Lutheran University. Furthermore, she has worked extensively in ethnomusicology, with her studies focusing on music education and performance in areas including Turkish singing, Philippine kulintang, Afro-Peruvian music and dance, and Zimbabwean mbira. Her performance expertise includes these focuses as well as classical piano, percussion and recorder.
Her research also reflects her wide range of interests, focusing on children's musical creativity, the pedagogy of world music traditions, American music education during wartime, and Orff Schulwerk philosophy and history. She has presented internationally on these topics and has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, the Orff Echo, and the Kodály Envoy. She is currently writing a volume for the Rutledge World Music Pedagogy Series in School and Community Practice.

Dr. Beegle's awards include the UC Award for Faculty Excellence, the Regency Advancement Award, a Demar Irvine Fellowship, the American Orff Schulwerk Association Gunild Keetman Grant and the John Batcheller Award for Excellence. She currently serves as the world music columnist for General Music Today.


  • BME, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • MA, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Guest Faculty

Judith Thompson-Barthwell

Judith Thompson-Barthwell | Level I

Judith is a music educator of 44 years. She has taught children general/vocal music, dance, and choir K-12, and adult Orff courses in the U.S. and Europe. Michigan Music Educator of the Year for 2012, she is the current Treasurer of AOSA.

Lissa Ray

Lissa Ray | Recorder, Movement

Lissa has taught music to children and adults for over 39 years and is an active musician, mentor, and instrument technician. She has presented at the local, state, and national levels and has served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees. She currently teaches at Mercy Montessori Center.