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Orff-Schulwerk Levels

July 1-5 and 8-12, 2019

Orff-Schulwerk certification is offered in conjunction with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). The two-week (10 day) course focuses on training music teachers to implement the creative music and movement approach developed by Carl Orff. This approach is known for using instruments such as xylophone to improvise and compose. Training includes recorder and movement classes. 

Registration will begin in February 2019; check back here.

Graduate Credit: Included in Fee from Adams State University 

Classes: Orff-Schulwerk Level I and Orff-Schulwerk Level II

Schedule: 8:30am-4:30pm daily

Housing: Contact Carla Aguilar (

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Karen Petty (Level I)

Karen Petty has been teaching Elementary Music and Movement for over 35 years and still loves it!  She currently teaches music Kindergarten - 5th grade, plus Chorus and Recorder Consort, at Gold Rush Elementary School in Parker, Colorado and teaches adults in various summer Orff Teacher Training programs. Education: BME University of Northern Colorado 1981; Orff Certification 1989 UNC; Masters in Education, Curriculum & Instruction – Creative Arts in Learning Lesley College 1996.  Karen is a past president of both the Rocky Mountain Chapter and the New York City Orff Chapter.  She served on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association as a Region 1 Representative and currently serves as chair of the Advocacy Committee and the 50th Anniversary committee.  Karen has presented at 7 AOSA national conferences and for many schools and Orff chapters.

Laura Bercaw Petersen (Movement) 

Laura Bercaw Petersen teaches general and choral music at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, D.C. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Gettysburg College and completed her Master of Music in Music Education at George Mason University. She holds Level III and Master Level IV certifications in Orff-Schulwerk pedagogy from George Mason University and has studied at the Orff Institut in Salzburg, Austria. Laura teaches movement in AOSA-approved summer teacher education courses and is an invited presenter both locally and nationally. She currently serves as Past-President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. 

Paul Cribari Course Manager)

Paul Cribari is an Orff Schulwerk teacher and the Instructional Facilitator with Specialization in K-12 Performing Arts in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado.  In addition to his work with in-service teachers Dr. Cribari teaches levels I, II, and III of Orff Schulwerk at Southern Methodist University, Anderson University, and the San Francisco International Orff Schulwerk Course.


*Refunds of any type are subject to a 20% administration fee. If you need a refund processed, email the transaction number and reason for the refund to Carla Aguilar ( to process the refund (at which time a 20% administration fee will be assessed). All refunds will be sent back to the credit card used to make the original payment and must be done within 30 days of the original transaction.  If a refund is needed after 30 days or for a deposit made in the Cashier Office you can contact MSU Denver Accounting Services to request a check. The university reserves the right to cancel a course if registration has not reached sufficient enrollment 10 class days before the first class session. In such cases, students are notified immediately and full tuition is refunded.