Orff Workshop

Mount Mercy University’s Summer Music Academy presents Orff-Schulwerk with Aaron Hanson, June 24-25, 2015

Mount Mercy University is proud to partner with Music Educator Aaron Hansen to present an Orff-Schulwerk: Ideas & Applications for the General Music Classroom session for teachers as part of Mount Mercy’s Summer Music Academy. The Orff session will earn one graduate credit (optional) and/or staff development credit through Grant Wood AEA.

Courses to be offered:

Orff-Schulwerk: Ideas & Applications for the General Music Classroom

Get ready to sing, say, dance, and play! Participants will compose and improvise using the Orff approach to active music making. A variety of activities for music and movement will be explored and processed. Lessons will include experiences with movement and folk dance, recorder, unpitched percussion instruments, barred instruments, speech, and singing. The course will also discuss the Orff approach to music teaching and explore some of the Volumes written by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.

An introduction to our composer:

Aaron Hansen is currently a K-6 Music Specialist in the Waverly-Shell Rock School District. Hansen also directs the 5th & 6th Grade Choirs and Orff Ensemble. Hansen earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from the University of Northern Iowa. Hansen has also completed three levels of Orff-Schulwerk Teacher Training and Orff Master Class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Hansen has presented workshops for the First Iowa Orff Chapter, IMEA Music Conference, and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Hansen’s groups have performed at the IMEA Music Conference and the AOSA National Conferences in Omaha and Milwaukee.

In addition, Hansen stays active as a handbell soloist performing around the country. He has performed twice as a soloist with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, and with the Wartburg Community Symphony and the UNI Varsity Mens Glee Club. Hansen has recorded two CDs, Holidays in Bronze and Winter Moon. Hansen is a member of AOSA, AGEHR, MENC, and IMEA. He serves as Programming Chair for the First Iowa Orff Chapter and chimes chairperson for the Iowa AGEHR State Committee.


Registration for 2015 will open soon.


Contact Dr. Gerald Kreitzer, Coordinator of Campus Music, at gkreitzer@mtmercy.edu or 319-363-1323 ext. 1226.