Orff Schulwerk Certification Program

July 10-21, 2023

About the Program

Lakeland University will be offering its new Orff Schulwerk Certification program July 10-21, 2023. 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 10-21, 2023 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


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

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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 2023 will open March, 2023.

  • Orff Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I: 3 graduate credits - $2,061 ($687 per credit)
  • Off Schulwerk Certification Program – Level I: no credit - $650

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. 

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, 2023. Please note: You are not obligated to accept financial aid offered to you through FAFSA.
  2. Application: Submit your application online by July 1, 2023.
  3. Recommendation: One recommendation form is required to complete your application. Please have your recommender fill out an online recommendation form by July 1, 2023. 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 May 20, 2023 the program may be delayed. Students will be notified on May 25, 2023 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 Troy Seehafer, Interim Director of Residence Life:

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

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 Troy Seehafer, Interim Director of Residence Life:

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