Orff Workshop

On June 24-25, 2015, Mount Mercy University’s Summer Music Academy presented Orff-Schulwerk with Aaron Hansen

Mount Mercy University was proud to partner with Music Educator Aaron Hansen to present an Orff-Schulwerk: Explore the Possibilities for teachers as part of Mount Mercy’s Summer Music Academy. The Orff session allowed educators to earn one graduate credit (optional) and/or staff development credit through Grant Wood AEA.


Orff-Schulwerk: Explore the Possibilities

Come and explore a variety of lessons and activities that will foster creativity and possibility for the General Music Classroom.  Experiences will include folk dance and creative movement, recorder, unpitched percussion, barred instruments, speech, and singing.  Work will also include composition and improvisation using an Orff approach throughout the process.  A variety of materials will be used including some of the Music for Children Volumes by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman.  Get ready for an energizing two days of exploration, learning, and play!


Aaron Hansen is a K-6 Music Specialist in the Waverly-Shell Rock School District.  Hansen directs both 5th & 6th Grade Choirs and an Elementary 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 Teacher Training and Orff Master Class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  Hansen has presented workshops for numerous Orff Chapters, IMEA Music Conference, and for the Handbell Musicians of America.  Hansen’s Orff Ensembles have performed for local and state events, and at three AOSA National Conferences in Omaha, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.  Hansen serves as Programming Chair for the First Iowa Orff Chapter, General Music Chair for IMEA, and Chimes Chair for the Iowa Handbell Musicians of America.


Registration was available online or via paper form, but is now closed.


Many participants made arrangements for overnight stay with Quality Inn at Collins Road.


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