Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Course

Level I – July 10-21, 2017

The Florida State University College of Music is pleased to offer Level I of the Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Course this summer. Orff-Schulwerk centers around the development of the whole child, while encouraging the continued development of the teacher. Orff-Schulwerk uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as its foundation for teaching music; the melodic and percussive musical activities are easily learned by the students. Designed for all children, the Orff-Schulwerk technique enables students to create good music immediately. The course itself provides a non-competitive atmosphere, where one of the rewards is the pleasure of making good music with others.

Register by June 21st!
Download the Orff-Schulwerk Registration Form (156kb PDF)
Updated 2/28/17

Level I is designed for anyone with musical training who wishes to acquire basic knowledge and pedagogic foundations in the Orff-Schulwerk approach. This course is recommended for those with no previous Orff-Schulwerk training and will include:

  • Studying basic Orff techniques, including the use of pentatonic scales, simple bordun, ostinato, and elemental forms;
  • Basic body movements, including structured and creative movement;
  • Vocal and rhythmic training; and
  • Soprano recorder


Suzanne Byrnes

Dr. Suzanne Byrnes, Director

Dr. Suzanne Rita Byrnes is a member of the Music Education faculty at FSU. Dr. Byrnes directs the FSU Capital Children’s Choir, directs the Summer Orff Schulwerk workshop, and teaches a variety of courses including the children’s choir internship and music in early childhood. Dr. Byrnes received her PhD from FSU in 1994.

Previously, Dr. Byrnes directed the Kansas City Children’s Chorus for 12 years, taught Choral Arranging, and was a guest lecturer in many classes at the Conservatory at UMKC. She also managed and taught in her Kindermusik® studio at UMKC for 8 years.

She is French-Canadian and hails from Ottawa, Canada where she taught at École Secondaire De-La-Salle in the Arts Concentration program. There, she headed up the choral, band, and orchestra programs and also participated in the drama program productions.

Dr. Byrnes has studied choral conducting with Dr. Fred Stoltzfus (University of Illinois, formerly at McGill University), Dr. André Thomas (FSU), Dr. Judy Bowers (FSU), Rodney Eichenberger (FSU), Jon Washburn (Vancouver Chamber Choir), James Jordan (Westminster Choir College), and Frauke Haasemann (Westminster Choir College, now deceased). She also studied instrumental and choral arranging with Canadian composer, Donald Patriquin.

Dr. Carla Giallella

Carla Cose-Giallella, Level I Instructor

Dr. Carla Cose-Giallella currently is the Performing Arts and Music Chair and Lower School music educator at Phoenix Country Day School in Paradise Valley, Arizona. In addition she directs the Phoenix Country Day Children’s Choir, and teaches “Maestro Toddlers” an early childhood class for fifteen months to three-years-olds.

Dr. Cose-Giallella holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University, a Masters of Music degree from University of Arizona, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in music education with an emphasis in early childhood music from Arizona State University.

Dr. Cose-Giallella also teaches Orff Schulwerk level courses at Arizona State University and Florida State University and presents workshops to educators at the local, regional, and national level. She served as Region II Representative to the AOSA National Board, and is past president of the Arizona Orff-Schulwerk Association.

Karen Blooding

Karen Blooding, Recorder Instructor

Named as Tennessee’s 2005 Teacher of the Year, Karen Blooding has taught elementary general music in Tennessee for 23 years, and currently serves as a vocal general music specialist and choral director at Bradley Arts Academy in Murfreesboro’s City School System. Bradley is a K-6 school. She has also taught, and continues to teach music education methods courses part-time as an adjunct faculty member of the Middle Tennessee State University School of Music for the past 17 years. Prior to working at Bradley Academy, Ms. Blooding served as music instructor for the K-6 university campus laboratory school for 14 years, including mentoring pre-service teachers in music education.

Ms. Blooding has conducted children’s choir festivals around the Southeast region such as the Tennessee All-State Treble Honor Choir and Elementary Mass Choir Festivals. Her choral conducting background includes 11 years as the director of the children’s choirs at First United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, and 20 years directing school children’s choirs. She has served as the Tennessee ACDA Chair for Children’s Choir Repertoire and Standards as well as the General Music Chair for Tennessee Music Educators Association, coordinating and adjudicating auditions for honor choirs and presenting children’s choir workshops. Ms. Blooding has also prepared children’s choral ensembles to perform in musical theatre and opera theatre productions including Hansel and Gretel, The Sound of Music, and most recently, Captain Louie Jr.

Ms. Blooding is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early and Middle Childhood Music, and holds certificates in Orff-Schulwerk Levels I, II, and III. In addition to presenting numerous music education workshops for teachers, she has served as the recorder instructor for Florida State University’s Orff Levels I and II summer courses for the past six years.

Majoring in vocal performance, she completed three years of her undergraduate work at Colorado State University as well as several hours taken at Southern Methodist University. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

What will I take back to my classroom?

  • Music activities that match the stages of child development
  • Poems, songs, dances, and games for immediate use in classroom instruction
  • Resources for acquiring and creating your own teaching materials
  • Ideas to help foster creativity in students
  • Lessons with ties to the National Standards in Music

These courses will be held on the Florida State University campus. Classes are scheduled for Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuition and Credit Information

  • Undergraduate Academic Credit (3 s.h.) Est. Program Fee: $700 + FSU fees
  • Graduate Academic Credit (3 s.h.) Est. Program Fee: $1,500 + FSU fees
  • Non-credit Continuing Education Units (6.0 CEUs) Est. Program Fee & parking pass: $740

This course offers 3 semester hours of academic credit each at the undergraduate or graduate levels. All those who are not current FSU students and who are registering for academic credit must complete the FSU Special Student Form before the start of the course. This form is available on the Center for Academic & Professional Development website: learningforlife.fsu.edu (select Academic Credit, then Credit Registration). Teachers wishing in-service hours should bring the necessary forms from their schools/districts at the time of the course. Non-credit students may receive 6.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the course.

Since space is limited, please complete your registration by June 21st; registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. Registration confirmations and course information will be sent to you on receipt of your registration request form and course payment. Unfortunately, cancellation refund requests will not be accepted after June 28, 2017.

For More Information:

Program and Course Materials:
Suzanne Rita Byrnes, Course Director, FSU College of Music: (850) 385-2059

Registration Assistance:
Anthony McDonald, Center for Academic & Professional Development: (850) 644-7542 or use the contact form below.

Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Education Contact Form

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