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Portland Orff-Schulwerk Levels

July 29 - August 9

$70 - $250

Portland Orff-Schulwerk Levels at Columbia Valley

Summer Levels Registration is OPEN!

Level 1 and Level 2 have met the minimum of participants and are ready to run! The 2019 course is Monday- Friday, July 29-August 9th. The Course fee is $900. Credit will be available. Please fill out the contact form with your name and email address, to receive more information about credit or the course.

Level I still has space available. Register now!

Level II is full, but sign up now to secure your place on our waitlist. If a spot becomes available, or if the waitlist has enough people to run a second section, you will be invoiced through PayPal the remaining balance of $900.00 ($650.00 balance). You will be refunded in full if we can not accommodate you this summer.

Need Credit? Portland Orff is pleased to offer 6 Graduate Quarter Credits (equivalent 4 Semester Graduate Credits) in partnership with Seattle Pacific University. The total cost for graduate credits is $400. Begin the process for credit with the $70 ticket at the bottom of the page for the Graduate Credit Registration fee to indicate your interest in earning credits. Registration will be available through SPU in mid-June. Once available, a link will be sent to you upon receipt of your credit registration fee. The remaining $330 is paid directly to SPU. Students must register with SPU by July 31, 2019 in order to receive credit.

Are you interested in expanding your skills as an educator but are worried about this course being cost-prohibitive? Consider applying for our Merlin Day Musselman Memorial Scholarship, founded especially to defray expenses for teachers seeking Levels training.

Releasing creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom, Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman conceived an approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama. While this course is specifically geared towards music teachers serving early to middle childhood classroom music, the Orff-Schulwerk process is limitless in its applications beyond the Music Room. Administrators, classroom teachers, early-chilhood professionals, and anyone else looking to deepen their skillset of unlocking creative potential are welcome to join. While a background in music is helpful, it is not required or necessary to benefit from the course.

Columbia Valley Elementary is a part of our host organization, Evergreen Public Schools, and is located just northeast of Portland in a beautiful tech center in east Vancouver. It is adjacent to a park with walking paths, is close to a myriad of restaurants and hotels, and has a wonderful music room, lots of free parking, and is an easy reverse commute from Portland. 

Required Materials

Mad Robin Music will be supplying all the required and recommended books for the 2019 Portland Orff Levels 1 and 2 courses.

See the required materials list by clicking the link or image below. We highly suggest pre-ordering your materials.


Mad Robin Music is also suppling the required Ecodear soprano and alto recorders, neck straps and optional tenor recorder.  Margaret, of Mad Robin Music, will be setting up a music store at the course with these items and many other titles for music and dance education.   

Questions about pre-ordering? Please review our Preordering Instructions for more information.


Paul Weller – Level 1 Pedagogy

Paul Weller has been teaching elemental music for more than 15 years to grades K-5. He earned a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.A. in Education from Saint Mary’s University and Orff Schulwerk Levels training at University of St. Thomas. He has taught workshops locally, nationally, has presented numerous times at the AOSA national convention, and is an Orff Level I and II teacher trainer. Paul Lives in Minnesota with his wife and two kids where he spends his free time cooking, reading, biking, and drinking tea.

Vivian Murray Caputo – Level 2 Pedagogy

Vivian Murray Caputo is an Orff specialist and has taught in public and private schools for many years.  She has presented workshops for AOSA chapters and for MENC and AOSA National Conferences, and she is an instructor for Levels I, II, and III Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training. She served on the AOSA National Board of Trustees as Region V Representative and as Co-Chair of the 2005 AOSA National Conference in Birmingham.  She was Co-Chair of the International Orff Symposium in Rochester, NY, in 2000.  She has been an instructor for IAJE Teacher Training Institutes, and she sings with various jazz ensembles.  She recently recorded with Phil Woods and the Gregory Caputo Big Band.  She continues to explore and delight in the many possibilities offered by Orff Schulwerk.

Fauna Woolfe – Recorder 

Fauna Woolfe teaches K-5 music at Columbia Valley Elementary in Evergreen Public Schools. She is currently serving as President of the Portland Orff-Schulwerk Association, and as the Portland Levels Course Director. Fauna achieved National Board certification in 2003 and 2013, and served as a National Board facilitator running cohorts to support teachers through the certification process from 2005-2013. Fauna received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Oregon, where she also studied saxophone performance, her Masters in Education from Lesley University with an emphasis on Arts Integration, and took her Orff Levels at Seattle Pacific University, The San Francisco Orff Course, and the UNLV Orff course.

Matthew Stensrud – Movement

Matthew Stensrud is an award-winning Elementary Music and Movement Teacher and currently in his first year teaching kindergarten through fifth grade general music at George Mason Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia after seven years at Annandale Terrace Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. He received his Master of Music Education from George Mason University and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He completed his Orff Schulwerk certification at the San Francisco International Orff Course in 2013, is an Orff Schulwerk approved Teacher Educator of Movement, and teaches Movement at the Winthrop Orff Course in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Recently, Matthew received the Spotlight Award from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement and was Annandale Terrace Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2017. Matthew frequently writes about and presents workshops nationally on Responsive Classroom, Orff, Jazz, and Effortless Movement, currently serves on the American Orff Schulwerk Association’s Orff Echo Editorial Board and was a key content contributor to the book Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE and Other Special Areas. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Class will run Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 daily.

Please arrive by 8:00am the first day for check-in and registration. 

There are many nearby opportunities for lunch, however, meals are not provided by the course and should be planned for accordingly. Participants will break for 50minutes at mid-day for lunch. Please wear comfortable, supportive shoes, loose clothing that facilitates movement, and abstain from wearing fragrances of any kind.

Don’t wait to submit your deposit for POSA 2019 Levels. You will be invoiced after your deposit is submitted for the remaining tuition balance.
Payment due in full 30 days in advance.
Full deposit refund until 30 days prior
1/2 deposit 15 days prior
No refund inside of the 14 days prior to the first day.


July 29
August 9
$70 - $250
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Fauna Woolfe


Columbia Valley Elementary
17500 SE Sequoia Cir
Vancouver, WA 98683 United States
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