USF Level I Course June 25 – July 6

The University of South Florida will be offering Level I from June 25 – July 6. 

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Course, Level  1

Course Overview

This course is designed to develop understanding of the teaching and learning process using the Orff Schulwerk approach. The daily schedule includes focus on rhythm, melody, Orff instruments, movement, recorder playing, improvisation, musicianship, Orff theory, orchestration, and pedagogy/special topics sessions. For more information, please contact course coordinator Jennifer Bugos at  or 352-339-4076.

Level 1

Anyone with formal music training wishing to acquire basic knowledge and pedagogic foundation in the Orff Schulwerk approach may enroll. An undergraduate degree in music, or equivalent study, is strongly recommended. To receive a Level I certificate, participants must attend all sessions and successfully complete all assignments.


Vivian Murray – Level 1, Pedagogy

Vivian Murray Caputo is an Orff specialist and has taught in public and private schools for many years.  She has presented workshops for AOSA chapters and for MENC and AOSA National Conferences, and she is an instructor for Levels I, II, and III Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training. She served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region V Representative and as Co-Chair of the 2005 AOSA National Conference in Birmingham.  She was Co-Chair of the International Orff Symposium in Rochester, NY, in 2000.  She has been an instructor for IAJE Teacher Training Institutes, and she sings with various jazz ensembles.  She recently recorded with Phil Woods and the Gregory Caputo Big Band.  She continues to explore and delight in the many possibilities offered by Orff Schulwerk. 

Jennifer Bugos – Recorder

Jennifer Bugos currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of South Florida where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education. Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Music Education, with a Minor in Gerontology. Her teaching experience includes positions in the schools of Orange County and Seminole County, where she taught Pre-K-5 general music, choir, and Orff ensemble. Her main research interests include the neurological basis for music perception and cognition with regard to human development, lifespan learning, and cognitive transfer.

Laura Stack- Movement

Laura Stack utilizes her Orff certification and experience at the Kodály Institute of Hungary to bring music to life at Tarkington School of Excellence, a Chicago Public School and Academy for Urban School Leadership Training Academy. In addition to teaching K-8 general music/choir, she is a movement and recorder instructor for Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education courses. Laura can be seen dancing with scarves at her 2012 AOSA National Conference session.

Required Materials

Level I

1. Music for Children, Volume 1: Pentatonic (Murray/Schott)

2.  Recorder Success – Teachers book only (Chris Judah-Lauder) (SP2413B)

3. Tutoring Tooters (Shirley McRae)

4. Duet Time (book 1 and 2) Sweet Pipes (SP2309, SP2322)

5. Soprano Recorder

6. Notebook paper and Staff paper

7. Pencils  

Optional Materials (Strongly Recommended)

1. Pentatonic Song Books

2. Nursery Rhyme Books

3. Jump Jim Joe and/or Down in the Valley (New England Dancing Masters/Amidons)

4. Duet Recorder 2 (Great book of Renaissance duets)

Comfortable clothes and shoes appropriate for movement are recommended.


Dates: Monday, June 25 – Friday, July 6 (Class DOES NOT meet on Sat., June 30 and Sun., July 1.)

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM daily* (1 hour lunch)

* Class will not meet on July 4th. Additional hours have been added to each day to make-up for the holiday.


University of South Florida, School of Music

4202 E. Fowler Ave.

Tampa, Florida 33620


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