::COURSES

The courses, given by Jos Wuytack, present strategies for music education, inspired by the Orff-Schulwerk. Their structure is different for each country, according to the tradition created by the pedagogue himself and by different organisations (universities and music education associations), in function of the existing local education modalities and the needs of the participants.

In North America (Canada and U.S.A.) the courses are called Orff Schulwerk Courses. They are organized in three levels, which can be followed with a Master class. Each course has 30 hours per week, with a total of 180 hours of training.

In Europe (Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Portugal and Spain), the courses are called by different titles (Orff Kurz, Orff-Schulwerk Kursus, Méthode Active Orff, Musicopédagogie Jos Wuytack, Curso de Pedagogia Musical, Curso de Pedagogía Musical Activa). Generally these courses are organized in five levels, which can be preceded by a course especially for pre-school and primary teachers. Each course has 20 or 30 hours, with a total of 120 to 150 hours of training.

The training is mostly practical. The musical and pedagogical components are: musical practice (active listening, vocal and instrumental interpretation, creation and improvisation); musical theory (musical elements, form and musical cultures); general pedagogical principles (activity, creativity, community, totality); methodologies and strategies for teaching children and young adults. The repertoire includes different musical styles – classical, pop, aleatoric, repetitive, with a special emphasis on traditional music of many different cultures.