Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

July 8-19, 2024

Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

About the Program

Lakeland University will be host its Orff Schulwerk Certification program July 8-19, 2024. Over the course of these two weeks, music educators will develop their personal musicianship skills, learn to create stylistically and age-appropriate arrangements, and experience pedagogical models appropriate for the elementary and middle school classroom that emphasize improvisation and creativity. This approach stresses the importance of developing a child’s body, ear, and mind as an integrated pathway to creative expression and comprehensive musicianship.

Students have the option to register for the Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I for three graduate credits, or as a non-credit bearing workshop. Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I credits can be applied to the Master of Music in Music Education – Kodály Emphasis degree offered at Lakeland University. All students who complete the two-week course will be awarded the AOSA level certificate acknowledging participation. (NOTE: This certificate is not the Orff Schulwerk Certificate from AOSA – this is awarded upon completion of all three levels of Orff Schulwerk levels of training.)

Lakeland University is planning to offer Level I and Level II in the summer of 2024. Students may choose to enroll for graduate credit or for 0 credits.


Manju Durairaj was born and raised in India. She studied in Pune, India. She was involved in graduate research projects on comparative pedagogical practices of Indian (Carnatic) and Western Music at Middlesex University, London, UK. She graduated with her second master's degree and K-12 certification from VanderCook College of Music, Chicago.

Manju is the Lower School Music Teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. She is president elect for ILMEA elementary general music division, vice president-elect DEI of AOSA, past president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter and is a certified Orff Schulwerk Levels Teacher Instructor. She is a certified Arts Integration specialist. She is an adjunct professor at VanderCook College of Music, Chicago where she teaches curriculum design and elementary methods graduate and undergraduate courses. Her continuing teaching education courses, on campus and online, include Culturally Responsive Music Education, Technology, Arts Integration, Curriculum Development, Responsive Classroom, and Redesigning Teaching and Learning for 21st Century.

She is a frequent clinician at various state, national, and international conferences. She has been published in the Orff Echo, Reverberations, Illinois Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, and the Journal of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her publications with Hal Leonard include InterAct with Music Assessment Levels 1 and 2, InterAct Levels 1&2 Student Activities for Devices and Print, Technology in Today's Music Classroom and Dancing Around the World with Music Express Magazine.

Alexandra Coghill has taught music and movement for 16 years. Currently she teaches elementary music in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has previously taught in Hanoi, Vietnam; Casablanca, Morocco; and Reno, Nevada. She received her Bachelor of Music, Music Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and Master of Music, Music Education from Boston University. Alexandra completed her Orff Schulwerk Certification in 2012 after studying with Leslie Timmons, Judith Cole, and Steven Calantropio. She attended the JaSeSoi World Village in 2014 in Finland and Orff-Afrique in 2018 in Ghana. Alexandra served as the president of the Sierra Nevada chapter of AOSA during her 11 years of membership. Alexandra enjoys reading, running, and SCUBA diving.

Cyndee Giebler lives and teaches in northeast Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and completed her master's degree at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

She has presented workshops for American Orff-Schulwerk Association chapters around the country as well as state, regional, and national conventions. In her spare time, Cyndee enjoys composing and arranging music for classroom use, children's chorus, and elementary strings.

Richard Lawton teaches general music at Gardner Street School, a K-5 public school in Los Angeles, is an adjunct faculty member at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA, and an instructor in the Los Angeles Orff Course. Richard received his M. Mus. and Orff certification at Cal State LA and has done post-level III work at the Arizona State, Villanova, University of St. Thomas, and University of Missouri, St. Louis Orff courses. In his classroom he has made blues improvisation and the use of vernacular music learning techniques an area of concentration.

Richard has been a presenter at numerous state and national conferences, is a member of the Journal of General Music editorial board and the 2018 California Music Educators Association General Music Teacher of the Year.

Frequently-asked questions

Complete a non-degree seeking graduate application by clicking the button below.

  • Non-degree applicants need to apply at Lakeland.edu/apply and request academic transcripts be sent directly to Lakeland University.
  • Non-degree students who later decide they would like to earn acceptance into a degree program must follow the regular application procedures. At the time of such application, the credits earned as a non-degree student will be reviewed and we will explain how the credits can be used in meeting the degree requirements.
  • Please note, financial assistance is not available for non-degree students.

For new students, the program director will contact you following completion of your application process to assist with registration.

For returning Lakeland students, please login to my.lakeland.edu to register. Please contact Evan Chancello (chancellore@lakeland.edu for advising assistance and help with registration.

Registration for summer classes beginning in Summer 2024 will open February 12, 2024.

For admissions, scholarship, and financial aid questions, please contact Jane Bouche at boucheja@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1022 ext. 2143.

For course and program-related questions, please contact the program director, Evan Chancellor, at chancellore@lakeland.edu or 920-565-1000 ext. 2304.

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Lakeland’s Orff Schulwerk program may be taken for graduate credit or as a 0-credit workshop. Options include:

MUS 605A Orff Schulwerk Certification – Level I [3 graduate credits]

MU 605B Orff Schulwerk Certification – Level I [0 credits]

MU 606A – Orff Schulwerk Certification – Level II [3 graduate credits]

MU 606B – Orff Schulwerk Certification – Level II [0 credits]

Students who plan to apply this coursework to the Master of Music in Music Education program should enroll for graduate credit (up to 5 credits may apply to this program).

Students will complete different levels of assessment based upon their registration. Please contact Evan Chancellor (chancellore@lakeland.edu) for guidance in choosing to register for credit or 0-credits.

Tuition for graduate coursework is $687 per credit. This means the cost of MU 605A Orff Schulwerk Certification – Level I is $2,061. Similarly, the cost for MU 605B Orff Schulwerk Certification – Level II is $2,061.

The fee for non-credit offerings of the program (MU 605B and MU 606B) $1030.

To order textbooks and materials for the course, please visit the following link:


Please note all orders for course materials must be placed at least 10 business days prior to the start of the course to ensure deliver in time for the course.

To ensure the best educational experience and to comply with American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) standards, courses must meet AOSA minimum enrollment thresholds to be offered. If enrollment thresholds have not been met by May 15, 2024, the program may be delayed. Refunds of tuition and housing will be issued if the program is delayed. Lakeland University will not be held responsible for providing a refund for any expense incurred beyond tuition, housing, and heal plan fees.

Lakeland University is a liberal arts institution whose main campus is located in the summer vacation destination of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Lakeland’s main campus is located near the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, the quaint village of Elkhart Lake, and the Bratwurst Capital of the World, Sheboygan boasts world-class lodging and spas, charter fishing, a top motorsports race track, miles of bike trails, and so much more.

Students in the program will enjoy Lakeland’s peaceful and idyllic main campus which features beautiful landscaping and walking trails along with numerous quiet areas to study and gather with fellow students to study and socialize. Students will enjoy the newly renovated Younger Family Campus Center which houses the Main Dining Hall, Muskie Mart, Daily Grind coffee shop, and The Pub restaurant.

Students will be housed in Brotz Hall which is conveniently located near Verhulst Center (where many music classes will take place) and the Younger Family Campus Center (where classes and meals will be served.) Brotz Hall features a pod-style layout. A pair of pods share access to a large living area, kitchen, and study. Kitchens feature a refrigerator, stove/oven, and microwave. Laundry facilities are available. Bedrooms are large and fully carpeted. Common areas include a comfortable lounge with a fireplace, a computer lab, classrooms, and plenty of study space.

To sign up for Housing and/or a Meal plan, please contact Troy Seehafer, Director of Residence Life:

Troy Seehafer
Director of Residence Life
920-565-1000 ext. 2465

Students are encouraged to consider signing up for a meal plan. 

Meals purchased through the meal plan can be used at the following locations on campus:

  • Main Dining Hall – Most meals will be eaten here. Housed in the newly renovated Younger Family Campus Center, the main dining hall is “all you care to eat.” This is a great resource to fuel up for a busy day of classes and learning.
  • The Pub – Pub and grille, perfect for a relaxed dinner (and perhaps a beer!) after a long day of music making. Open select evenings during the program.
  • Daily Grind – Coffee shop, a required stop to fuel up on coffee between classes. Grab-and-go breakfasts can be picked up here. Individual coffee/specialty drinks can be purchased using money you have added to your ID card or purchased individually.

To sign up for Housing and/or a Meal plan, please contact Troy Seehafer, Interim Director of Residence Life:

Troy Seehafer
Interim Director of Residence Life
920-565-1000 ext. 2465

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