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Summer 2022 Orff Level I


Summer Professional Development

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a new or veteran teacher, take your Orff-Schulwerk knowledge further by taking Orff Level I! During pedagogy class, you will experience, explore, discuss, and compose using basic concepts used in the Orff-Schulwerk: rhythmic notation from speech, ostinato, complementary rhythm, pentatonic theory, drone, and elemental form. The use of speech, body percussion, song, movement, and the use of Orff instruments will be taught during Pedagogy as well. Recorder class focuses on basic technique, recorder literature, and model beginning lessons for children. Movement class will include creative dance as well as choreographed dance like folk dances. The Orff-Schulwerk process of exploration, imitation, and improvisation is evident in all classes. In addition, there will be Special Topics classes to help tie everything together.


The two weeks of professional development will change your teaching, so expect to be able to commit to every class and set time aside for homework and reflection. The course culminates in a lively performance for family and friends!

Location and Accommodations

The course will be held at Manzano High School on the Northeast side of beautiful Albuquerque, where there are many hotels and AirBnbs available. 

Class Times and General Information

Orff Level I is June 6-17, 2022. Classes are Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. There will be two 15-minute breaks and an hour lunch. Come dressed comfortably to facilitate movement and dance. 

Cost and Payment

Early registration is $725 before May 20. After May 20, registration is $800. Your school can pay through a PO by contacting our treasurer, Vicky Wood, at You can also pay through PayPal.

Meet The Instructors

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Paul Hallsted

Level I Pedagogy

Paul Hallsted is currently teaching choir and guitar at Alma d’Arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, NM. He has been a music educator for over 30 years, teaching all levels of students, which include pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school, and university.  Paul received his bachelor and master degrees from New Mexico State University. He teaches recorder and Pedagogy in  AOSA-approved summer teacher education courses at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Metropolitan State University in Denver and University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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Joshua Block

Level I Movement & Recorder

Joshua Block is in his 23rd year teaching music and movement at public and private schools. He currently teaches Pre-K through eighth-grade music at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix. Joshua is a Past President of AZ Orff and teaches movement classes for Orff-Schulwerk certification courses in Arizona, New Mexico, and San Diego. He has also completed his Kodály certification and is a Past President of the Arizona Kodály Teachers Society. He is a past member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Board of Trustees and has presented sessions at the AOSA National Conference. He is a frequent presenter at Orff Chapters around the country and has presented for the Chinese Orff-Schulwerk Association in Beijing and Chengdu. Joshua has articles published in Reverberations and the Orff Echo. He is a past director of the Phoenix Boys Choir’s Cadet Choir and has taught music, dance, and creativity classes at Arizona State University. He is the worship leader at Valley View Bible Church in Paradise Valley.

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