The impact of Carl Orff‘s ideas has influenced music and dance education in many parts of the world. The educational principles of his and Gunild Keetman‘s Schulwerk are universal and based on his belief in the creative and artistic nature of mankind. The Orff Institute of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria is the centre of this international movement in music and dance education.

This university course addresses pedagogues at a post-graduate level from all over the world who have already had training or experience in music and dance education based on the pedagogical concepts of Orff-Schulwerk.

It offers experienced music and dance teachers an intensive and concentrated setting in one of the world‘s most well-known integrative methods in music and dance pedagogy based on the historical Orff-Schulwerk that has been further developed according to contemporary aesthetic education. The participants, coming from different cultural backgrounds, will be encouraged to transfer and adapt this pedagogy to the specific needs of their own cultures.

Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education – Orff-Schulwerk

will begin on October 2nd, 2020 and will continue to the end of June, 2021.

Entrance Requirements

A completed course of study in music and/or dance pedagogy at an undergraduate level in a home or foreign institution with a diploma or degree.

Proof of teaching experience in the area of music and dance pedagogy for a period of at least three years.

Proof of fluency in the english language, both written and spoken.

Financing the Course

The total cost of the course is to be covered by tuition fees paid by the participants.

Tuition Fees

EUR 5400,–. A non-refundable registration fee of EUR 600,– will be required after being accepted.

Other Fees

Official documents, books and materials, board and room, excursions, and others.

Students are required to pay approx. EUR 20,– per term to the university students´ association. Living costs run between EUR 500,– and EUR 800,– per month, according to individual standards.

Course Credits

56 European Credit Transfer System Points (ECTS). Students from abroad should make arrangements with their local universities for graduate credits.

Housing Information

Will be distributed with the application form along with information about payment of fees.

Application Forms

The deadline for receiving application forms is April 1st, 2020.

Course Content

Pedagogy and Didactics

  • Orff-Schulwerk Sources and Adaptations
  • Didactics of Elemental Music and Dance
  • Pedagogy and Practice Teaching
  • Music and dance for People with Special Needs
  • Music and Dance for Different Age Groups: Early Childhood, Adolescents, Seniors
  • Weekly Round-Table Discussions Relevant to Studies
  • Elemental Music Theatre


  • Ensemble and Improvisation
  • Composing with and for Children
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Vocal Education for Children
  • Theory and Practice of Instrument Building
  • Recorder Ensemble

Movement and Dance

  • Movement and Dance Technique
  • Basic Choreography and Improvisation
  • Movement Accompaniment
  • Ethnic Dances
  • Projects in Integrating the Arts

Series of Lectures

  • …extending the studies in relevant areas
  • Carl Orff and his Stage Works
  • Aesthetic Education
  • Orff-Schulwerk and the Contemporary Arts
  • History of Orff-Schulwerk


(total 615 lessons)

Other activities


…to schools in and around Salzburg and to places directly connected with the life and works of Carl Orff are planned (his home and museum in Diessen am Ammersee, The Orff Centre Munich, cultural events in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna and elsewhere). These excursions will require extra fees for transportation and overnight accommodation.

Observation of Children‘s Classes

at the Orff Institute and in schools nearby is highly recommended. Approximately 150 children attend weekly classes in music and dance which are taught by Orff Institute faculty as well as students enrolled in the Baccalaureate and Master Courses.


Final examinations requiring a positive result are held at the end of the summer semester and include:

  • a written thesis
  • a colloquium
  • practice teaching
  • the performance of a study with original music and dance compositions developed and directed by the student

The Special Course 2020 – 2021

Orff Institute for Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy – Mozarteum University Salzburg

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    Tanisha Campbell 30/01/2021

    Is there another course scheduled for 2021-2022?

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