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The Orff Summer Program classes will be held in the Black Box theatre in the Theater complex on Belmont Blvd.

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Orff Summer Program, Levels I and II
• Development of total child
• Natural communication through sound and movement
• Activities include speaking, singing, moving, playing unpitched and barred instruments and recorder
• Features creative movement, singing games and folk dance

Orientation/registration for Orff classes is Monday, June 6th, 2016 from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Black Box Theater of the Theater Complex. (At that time, all fees are required in full.) Classes meet Monday through Friday of both weeks.

For Further Information:
Contact Program Coordinator
Susan Ramsay or or call (615) 957-1287 or (615) 591-5708


Orff Program

Prerequisites for Orff Training Level I

*Bachelors Degree in Music or Music Education (or equivalent)
*Undergraduate Senior in Music Education

Prerequisites for Orff Training Level II

*Certificate of completion for Orff Level I, from AOSA approved program


Orff Pedagogy I: Basic Concepts (MUE 5320)
Minimum: 14 participants
Instructor: Susan Ramsay
Credit: 2 graduate semester hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Initial level draws from the three components of Orff-Schulwerk teacher training: experiential, conceptual, and pedagogical. Skills necessary to plan and implement a variety of Orff-Schulwerk music and movement activities are learned working with the materials and procedures of the Orff-Schulwerk instructional model.

Orff Pedagogy I: Laboratory (MUE 5330)
Movement and Recorder Minimum: 14 participants
Instructors: Vivian Murray and Anne Schwartzenberg
Credit: 1 graduate semester hour
Monday-Friday, 1-4:30 p.m.

Initial level provides substantial experience-based learning that develops basic skills in movement, recorder, and the synthesis of music and movement through elemental styles/literature of global cultures.


Orff Pedagogy II: Basic Concepts (MUE 5320)
Minimum: 8 participants
Instructor: Vivian Murray Caputo
Credit: 2 graduate semester hours
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Intermediate level continues the study of experiential, conceptual, and pedagogical components of Orff Schulwerk teacher training. Music and movement elements and skills needed for their implementation are developed. The role of teacher as facilitator is examined.

Orff Pedagogy II: Laboratory (MUE 5330)
Movement and recorder Minimum: 8 participants
Instructors: Susan ramsay and Anne Schwartzenberg
Credit: 1 graduate semester hour
Monday-Friday, 1-4:30 p.m.

Further skill in recorder consort ensembles and movement are developed. Analysis is presented through elemental styles/literature of global cultures.

Laboratory and Basic concepts are taken concurrently.


Cost of Courses:

3-hour course:
 Orff Levels I and II- $810 each for credit, $540 each to audit. To receive a certificate, the course must be taken for credit.


1. Complete Online Registration Form

2. Download Belmont University Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application

3. Mail [to address below] the following:

  • completed BU Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application (see #2 above)
  • $50 non-refundable enrollment deposit (made payable to Belmont University)
  • official (unopened) copy of undergraduate transcript* from the college that granted the undergraduate degree

Angie Shedd
Belmont University Admissions
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN  37212

*It is often easier to ask the undergrad institution to mail your official undergrad transcript directly to the address above.

4. On the first day of the summer program, come prepared to pay (by check or credit card) the balance of tuition (i.e., cost of courses minus the $50 tuition deposit that will already have been mailed to Belmont—see #3 above)

An email with information regarding program requirements and schedule will be sent to each applicant after the pre-registration deadline.

NOTE:  Based on enrollment, late pre-registrations may be accepted.  Late applicants should email the Program Coordinator prior to applying after the pre-registration deadline.  In the unlikely event of a class cancellation, pre-registered participants will be notified within one week after the pre-registration deadline, and the enrollment deposit will be refunded.


Susan Ramsay
Orff Pedagogy I and Movement

  • Serves as an adjunct instructor of music education courses for several universities
  • Named “Teacher of the Year” by Franklin Elementary School in the Franklin,TN Special Schools District
  • Recipient of the Award of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities from the Tennessee Humanities Council
  • Awarded National Board Certification in Music

Anne Schwartzenberg
Recorder I

  • Music Specialist at Marshall Elementary School in the Fort Campbell Independent School District
  • Recipient of Fort Campbell Superintendent’s Award
  • Active performer in the Cumberland Collegium, an early
    music ensemble
  • Professional member of National Flute Association and American Recorder Society

Vivian M. Caputo
Orff Pedagogy II and Movement I

  • Instructor for levels I, II, and II at many universities
  • Honored as "Master Teacher" by Berkshire County Day School
  • AOSA National Conference co-chair for Birmingham, Alabama
  • Article in the Orff Echo, published 2015
  • Vocalist with big bands and small jazz combos