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Pedagogy: Orff Certification and AQ (Summer Intensive)

Pedagogy: Orff Certification and AQ (Summer Intensive)
Orff Teacher Training
  • Available:  July 2, 2024 - July 12, 2024
  • Days:  Monday;Tuesday;Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday
  • Time:  8:45 am-5:15 pm EST
  • Instructor:  Oscar Peterson School Faculty
  • Discipline:  Pedagogy, Teacher & Artist Training
  • Course Type:  Early Childhood, Group Classes, Professional Development
  • Student Type:  Teachers & Educators, Adults
  • Difficulty:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Course Description

Committed to the ongoing education of teachers and artists, the Oscar Peterson School of Music is proud to set the national standard for pedagogy in Canada.

Schedule: Tuesday, July 2-Saturday, July 6 and Monday, July 8- Friday, July 12
The Intro to Orff course / AQ Part 1 is offered with a focus on French for teachers working in FSL settings.
  • Half days are spent in the FSL / Basic Orff component
  • Language of instruction is mostly in English but most repertoire is in French
  • French language terminology is introduced but the curriculum is the Ontario English document
  • Lead instructor is fluent in French
  • Participants can go into Orff Level I and II to complete their AQ Part 2 and Ontario Specialist
  • Participants receive an Intro to Orff certificate endorsed by Carl Orff Canada
  • Register for Primary Junior Music Part 1 with FSL Focus, with or without AQ
Participants in the Intro, Level I and II Orff courses have the opportunity to complete supplementary components in order to receive credit for the Additional Qualification (AQ) courses Primary /Junior Music – Focus on Orff*, Parts 1, 2 and 3. We also offer Summer Master Classes and Workshops led by internationally renowned clinicians.

The Royal Conservatory is a provider of Additional Qualifications (AQ) courses for members of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), under Regulation 347/02 . We meet the rigorous standards for governance outlined by the College, and are guided by a distinguished Advisory Panel. These qualifications are added to individual teaching certificates, which are publicly available at

*​For those taking the concurrent AQ in Primary/Junior Vocal Music: the AQ component of the course is done online after completion of the face-to-face instruction. Email [email protected] for more details.

The Orff philosophy is an internationally recognized approach to teaching music in schools or group classes, fully aligned with Ontario Ministry of Education (2009) Arts Curriculum for music K-8. With the Orff approach teachers learn to foster student musical performance, literacy and creativity through carefully sequenced musical experiences using songs, games, rhythms, poems, dances, and stories from around the world. Participating teachers receive training from specialists in recorder playing, vocal techniques, the basics of movement education, playing percussion (Orff) instruments, and the Orff philosophy of music education. 

NOTE: All Orff candidates will will need to bring or purchase recorders, except for the bass recorder in Level III which RCM will supply. All other instruments are provided by RCM at no extra cost. Detailed information will be sent to teachers before classes start.

Students who successfully complete an Orff Summer Intensive course will receive a certificate. Schedule includes one Saturday during the first week due to Canada Day Holiday on Monday, July 1.

DATES: July 2-12, 2024
TIME: 8:45 am-5:15 pm
INSTRUCTORS: Oscar Peterson School Faculty

Certificate Only
Certificate + AQ
Introduction to Orff
Introduction to Orff + AQ
Introduction to Orff w FSL focus
Introduction to Orff + AQ w FSL focus
Orff Level I
Orff Level I + AQ
Orff Level II
Orff Level II + AQ
Orff: Level III