Let's Create: Orff Techniques for Music Education and Music Therapy

Presenter: Karen Mercer, BS

Participants will learn how to orchestrate simple folk songs using Orff Instrumentarium. Techniques for composing and improvising melodies will be presented. The workshop will culminate with a full performance of a simple folk song that can be used in elementary music classroom.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course attendees will:

  1. Orchestrate and perform a simple folk song in elemental form using Orff instrumentarium
  2. Will create a melody using simple composition and improvisation techniques

Karen Mercer received her B.S. in Music Education from Immaculata University where she studied voice with Dolores Ferraro. She received an early childhood music certificate from the Kodaly Institute of America and has completed Level I of Orff-Schulwerk certification at Villanova University. She has also completed additional coursework in music curriculum planning at Ashland University. She teaches general music, choir and band to middle school students at Guardian Angels Regional School in Paulsboro, NJ and teaches a K-3 music curriculum at Urban Promise in Camden, NJ. In addition to her teaching schedule, she also serves as Music Director for First Presbyterian Church, Haddon Heights, NJ and assistant director to the Gleeksman-Kohn Children’s Choir of Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, PA and maintains a home studio in Sewell, NJ.

Indiana Educators may be eligible to earn up to 3 Professional Growth points. Determination of eligibility for Professional Growth points will be made by the teacher’s school principal or designated administrator.


  • 8:30 — Registration
  • 9:00 — Warm-up Activity - Let's get to know each other
  • 9:15 — Melody and Rhythm - Solfeg and hand signs
  • 9:45 — Orchestration - Orff instrumentarium
  • 10:25 — Break
  • 10:35 — Improvisation - it doesn't have to be scary!
  • 11:00 — Small Group Work - Create a performance piece
  • 11:30 — Group Sharing
  • 11:50 — Wrap up - Q&A - Course Evaluations

Registration will at the door beginning at 8:30 a.m. Checks (made payable to the University of Evansville) or cash only.

Registration Fees
Professionals $15.00
UE Alum $10.00
Students Free

Parking is located on Frederick Street, in the lot behind the tennis courts.

March 21, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
University of Evansville
Carson Center Small Gym

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Room 133, Krannert Hall