Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

July 26 - August 9, 2021

About the Program

Lakeland University will be offering its new Orff Schulwerk Certification program July 26-August 6, 2021. 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 either for zero or 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. (More information about Lakeland’s Kodály Summer Graduate Music program.) All students who complete the two-week course will be awarded the AOSA level I certificate acknowledging participation and number of professional development hours. (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’s Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I will be held July 26 – August 6, 2021 on Lakeland’s main campus in Sheboygan, WI.

Monday-Friday daily schedule:

8:30 a.m. Pedagogy
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Movement
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Recorder
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Pedagogy
3:45 p.m. Special Topics
4:30 p.m. End of Day


Dan Gullick

Dan Gullick – Pedagogy

Dan Gullick teaches kindergarten through fifth grade music at Liberty Ridge Elementary, part of ISD 833, in Woodbury, Minnesota. He co-directs a fourth and fifth grade extra-curricular choir and has founded a fourth and fifth grade Orff ensemble at his school. He holds a BA in music from Luther College and an MA in music education with an emphasis in Orff Schulwerk from the University of St. Thomas. He is the department leader for elementary music teachers in ISD 833 for which he develops and presents professional development, and has supported the implementation of standards based grading. He has taught Orff Level 1 basic pedagogy at NDSU, an AOSA approved teacher education course. Dan is the current President of Minnesota Orff, is an AOSA digital mentor, and is an AOSA approved teacher educator.

Aaron Hansen

Aaron Hansen – Movement

Aaron Hansen is a K-6 Music Specialist at Cedar Heights and Aldrich Elementary Schools in the Cedar Falls School District. Aaron earned both the Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Aaron is an Orff Certified educator with the completion of three levels of Orff Teacher Training at the University of St. Thomas. In addition, Aaron has completed an Orff Master Class and studied for one week at the Orff Institute in Salzburg. Aaron has presented workshops for local AOSA Chapters and taught Movement for Orff Teacher Training programs at Drake University and the University of Northern Iowa. Aaron’s Elementary Orff Ensembles have performed three times for the National AOSA Professional Development Conference in Omaha, Milwaukee, and St. Louis. Aaron is an active handbell soloist and has recorded three solo handbells CDs.

John Barnes

John Barnes – Recorder

John Barnes is a member of the faculty at Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC, where he teaches general music to students in grades two through eight. Previously, he taught for nine years at Sully Elementary School in Loudoun County, Virginia. While at Sully, John served as chair of the district’s All-County Chorus Festival, contributed to the district’s research newsletter, Stride, and was a finalist for Shenandoah University’s Teacher of the Year award. Outside of the classroom, he has served in several capacities on the board of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association where he currently holds the position of past-president. John has presented workshops for various state MEA conventions and local chapters of AOSA in addition to teaching recorder at the University of Kentucky Orff-Schulwerk Certification Program. He completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification and Level IV coursework at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, apprenticed for recorder at The University of St. Thomas, and has been a participant in additional masterclasses throughout the US. John earned a bachelor of science degree in music education at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, and a masters degree in saxophone performance at the University of Florida.

Frequently-asked questions

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For new students, the program Director, Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton, 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 Dr. Rachel Ware Carlton (CarltonRJ@lakeland.edu) for advising assistance and help with registration.

Registration for summer classes beginning in Summer 2021 will open March 18, 2021.

  • Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I: 3 graduate credits - $2,001 ($667 per credit)
  • Off Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I: no credit - $630

Tuition and fees are due two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

Lakeland University awards multiple scholarships each year for students who enroll in the Orff Schulwerk Certification program for graduate credit. Students completing Orff Schulwerk coursework for credit must apply for this scholarship each year that they enroll for consideration.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible, a student must enroll for the Orff Schulwerk Certification program for graduate credit, have earned at least a 3.0 from their undergraduate institution, and demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA. Students must indicate their intention to complete all three levels of Orff Schulwerk certification. Students who apply for this award having previously completed Orff Schulwerk level coursework at Lakeland University must have achieved no lower than a 3.0 for their previous work. (NOTE: In summer 2021 only Level I is offered. Therefore, this final requirement will apply in future summers when Levels II and III are offered.)

Scholarship Application Process

To apply for a degree, please complete the following steps:

  1. FAFSA: Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate financial need. Visit www.fafsa.ed.gov for applications. If you have already applied this school year, you do not have to do it again. Please complete the FAFSA by June 15, 2021. Please note: You are not obligated to accept financial aid offered to you through FAFSA.
  2. Application: Submit your application online by July 1, 2021.
  3. Recommendation: One recommendation form is required to complete your application. Please have your recommender fill out an online recommendation form by July 1, 2021. You must provide the e-mail address of your recommender as a part of our online application.

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 AOSA standards, the course must have a minimum of 14 students enrolled. If 14 students are not enrolled by June 28, 2021 the program may be delayed. Students will be notified on July 1, 2021 if the enrollment level has required the program to 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 expenses incurred beyond tuition, housing, and meal plan fees.

Lakeland University is a historic institution of innovation. Music has always been a part of its history.

“We are truly honored to receive this special program and we look forward to taking it to new heights,” said Lakeland President David Black. “Music is an important part of Lakeland’s long history, from the summer music camp we’ve hosted for more than 60 years to the legacies of influential music faculty members like Henry Ellerbusch, Edgar Thiessen, Lew Schmidt and Janet Herrick.”

Lakeland University is a liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ. Lakeland University’s main campus is located in scenic Sheboygan, WI. Lakeland offers evening and online courses through centers in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Rapids, Chippewa Valley, Fox Cities and Green Bay. Lakeland also has an international campus located in Tokyo, Japan.

The Kodály Summer Graduate Music program will take place on the main campus in Sheboygan. Program participants will enjoy the picturesque campus including 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.

Single rooms can be reserved for $110 per week. Double rooms can be reserved for $75 per week. Any additional days will be prorated based upon these rates.

To sign up for Housing and/or a Meal plan, please contact Mark Edmond, Director for Residence Life:

Mark Edmond
Director for Residence Life
920-565-1000 ext. 2472

Students are encouraged to consider signing up for a meal plan. Students can choose from the following plans:

Meals per weekCost per mealTotal number of meals
for 2 weeks
Cost per weekCost for 2 weeksWeekend Meals
15$4.0030$60.00$120.00*$4.00 per added meal on weekends
10$4.5020$45.00$90.00$4.50 per added meal on weekends
5$5.0010$25.00$50.00$5.00 per added meal on weekends

*Recommended for residential students

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.
  • - 1862 Lounge – 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 Mark Edmond, Director for Residence Life:

Mark Edmond
Director for Residence Life
920-565-1000 ext. 2472