Level 2


* Pedagogy – Technique and Improvisation:

This subject aims to develop competency in:

  • Leading echo and question/answer exercises in all media,
  • Teaching an original arrangement and a song,
  • Improvising on melodic and non-melodic instruments in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8 time over various borduns with various accompaniments ( I – ii, I – vi, +IV).

* Recorder:

Aims to develop:

  • Skills on the alto (F) recorder,
  • Ensemble playing skills,
  • Improvisational skills in pentatonic and diatonic scales on soprano and alto recorders.

* Vocal:

Aims to develop:

  • understanding of the physiology of sound production,
  • competency in using handsigns to lead simple melodies and vocal explorations in doh and lah pentatonic,
  • competency in improvising in doh and lah pentatonic over borduns,
  • part independence when singing,
  • sing and sign songs in Major Diatonic Scale.

* Literature, Orchestration and Analysis:

Aims to develop:

  • ability to identify pitches in doh and lah pentatonic,
  • ability to improvise and compose accompaniments and borduns to songs in doh and lah pentatonic,
  • Skills in arranging and adding accompaniments to 2 chord pieces,
  • Skills necessary to analyse a piece for its melodic and rhythmic content and possible uses for teaching purposes.

* Movement and Dance:

Aims to develop:

  • understanding and use of elements of dance including Laban’s,
  • ability to read dance notation used in Orff materials,
  • ability to teach a folk dance using limited verbal instructions,
  • performance of folk dances,
  • refinement of movement accompaniment with all media,
  • exploration of musical forms – coda, form, solo/tutti, echo etc.

Summary of Assessment:

Prepared / Performed / Handed in

Peer Teaching tasks: where participants lead the whole group in short activities to demonstrate their use of Orff processes in teaching a class. Three tasks including teaching a vocal or instrumental arrangement of a 2 chord song; teach an unaccompanied song using echo and chaining techniques; devise an activity to teach a concept using Orff techniques.

  • Orchestration + Analysis: 2 arrangements to be handed in; analysis of a piece for its possibilities in teaching.
  • Create a dance that demonstrates musical structures clearly.
  • Write a sung ostinato to a melody.

Class Activities / Competencies Observed by Teacher:

  • Use dance notation to work out and notate dances.
  • Recorder: Play selected works demonstrating proficiency on alto recorder from low F to high D; improvise in doh and lah pentatonic.
  • Vocal: Practise singing and signing in doh and lah pentatonic.

There will be homework set by the course presenters during the Course, which is to be completed and submitted for assessment. At the end of the course, if you have successfully completed all tasks set and attended all sessions, you will qualify for the Certificate of Accreditation in Creative Music and Movement Education – Level 2. If for some reason you are unable to reach this point, you will be awarded a Certificate of Participation for your efforts and encouraged to complete a Level 2 course at another time.


  • Music for Children Volume 2 Major: Drone Bass Triads by Carl Orff & Gunild Keetman – Margaret Murray edition, Schott & Co.Ltd.4866 (This text can be ordered through VOSA – email sales@vosa.org to enquire. Cost is approx $49.95).
  • Descant & treble recorder (bring your own or order a recorder through VOSA – email admin@vosa.org. Price approx $59.00)
  • Materials for music notation; pencils, manuscript paper, an eraser.
  • Alto or Soprano Xylophone (Not essential. If at all possible for local participants). Xylophones will be provided for those who cannot bring one.
  • Print out of the session notes.