The Royal Conservatory School offers professional development in the Kodály, Orff, and Suzuki methods.
What we offer:
The famous Kodály method develops the ability to read, write, hear, and think musically through singing. These courses are part of a three-level certificate program that explores the teaching philosophy and method originated by Zoltán Kodály. Students who successfully complete all three levels receive a certificate issued by The Royal Conservatory with the Kodály Society of Canada.
Covering musicianship and pedagogy, each course in this three-level program includes repertoire as well as techniques and lesson plans for diverse teaching situations. There will be frequent opportunities for practice teaching, review, and discussion. Students will be challenged to become better musicians through unaccompanied part singing, ear training, rhythmic skills, basic conducting, and folk song analysis.
Kodály Teacher Training – Level 1, offered in Fall or Spring, and Summer
Level 1 focuses on classroom teaching for Grades 1, 2, and 3. Offered in Fall or Spring, and alternate summers.
Kodály Teacher Training – Level 2, Summer only
Level 2 builds on the methods taught in Level 1 and focuses on classroom teaching for Grades 4, 5, and 6. Offered in Summer only.
To see what courses are currently available and register, please view our online course calendar here.
The Orff philosophy is an internationally recognized approach to teaching music in schools or group classes, fully aligned with the Ontario arts curriculum. Orff teacher training at The Royal Conservatory explores the principles and techniques of Carl Orff’s Music for Children, and leads to Orff Specialist certification.
These intensive courses in the principles and techniques of Carl Orff's Music for Children lead to Orff Specialist certification at Level 3. Participants in the Intro, Level I and II courses have the opportunity to complete additional components in order to receive credit for the Additional Qualification courses Primary /Junior Music – Focus on Orff, Parts 1, 2 and 3. These Ontario College of Teachers accredited courses are offered under the governance of OISE, and lead to Music Specialist designation for P/J Vocal Music. See below for more details.
The holistic Orff philosophy of music education is an internationally recognized approach to teaching music in schools or group classes, and is fully aligned with Ontario Ministry of Education new (2009) Arts Curriculum for music K-8. In these courses, teachers learn to foster student literacy and creativity through carefully sequenced musical experiences using songs, games, rhythms, poems, dances, and stories from around the world. Participants receive training from specialists in recorder playing, choral techniques, the basics of movement education, percussion with Orff instruments, and the Orff philosophy of music education.
Courses are taught at The Royal Conservatory, located at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
This course introduces teachers with little or no prior musical background to the Orff philosophy of music education. Offered in Fall or Spring, and Summer.
Prerequisites: none. Some musical background is strongly recommended.
Orff Teacher Training – Level 1, offered in Fall or Spring, and Summer
Orff Level 1 is a suitable first level for teachers with a stronger music background or as a follow-up to the Introduction to Orff. Offered in Fall or Spring, and summer.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Orff (RCM), OR theory equivalent to RCM Advanced Rudiments and performance ability on an instrument OR permission of the course director.
Orff Teacher Training – Level 2, Summer only
Orff Level 2 builds on the methods taught in Orff Level 1. Offered in Summer only.
Prerequisites: successful completion of all strands of previous level.
Orff Teacher Training – Level 3, Summer only
Orff Level 3 builds on the methods taught in Orff Level 2. Offered in alternate Summers only. Next offering is Summer 2017.
This course grants participants the designation of Orff Specialist through the endorsement program of Carl Orff Canada.
Prerequisites: successful completion of all strands of previous level.
We offer Summer Master Classes and Workshops with Internationally Renowned Clinicians
Join us for a special workshop/5-day course "Music from Five Continents" with Doug Goodkin in Summer 2017.
For More Information and Registration:
To see what Orff Teacher Training courses are currently available and to register, please view our online course calendar here. Detailed course descriptions are available inside each activity.
Additional Qualification Accreditation:
Ontario teachers please note: The Additional Qualification in Primary Junior Vocal Music - Focus on Orff – Parts 1, 2 and 3 are offered by the Royal Conservatory under the governance of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
NEW! Applicants register separately with BOTH institutions before commencing the course. All usual regulations for AQ courses apply with additional course components required to meet OCT regulations. For details, contact AQcoordinator@rcmusic.ca.
- For AQ in P/J Vocal Music Part 1, register for Introduction to Orff
- For AQ in P/J Vocal Music Part 2, register for Orff Level 1
- (Note: The Ministry requires you to have taken Introduction to Orff or have received your AQ Part 1 from another provider to get your AQ Part 2)
- For AQ in P/J Vocal Music Part 3 (Specialist), register for Orff Level 2
AQ candidates only: register online with OISE at https://cpl.oise.utoronto.ca/
Select REGISTER ONLINE, then enter the search term “Orff”.
For AQ in P/J Vocal Music Part 2, register for RCM Orff Level 1
For AQ in P/J Vocal Music Specialist, register for RCM Orff Level 2
For additional information about Orff, visit Carl Orff Canada.
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The Lois Birkenshaw-Fleming Creative Teaching Scholarship is available to applicants who are registered any Orff, Kodaly or Early Childhood Education course at The Royal Conservatory of Music:
Application Form deadline is March 11, 2016.
Each summer, the Royal Conservatory School offers a unique opportunity to explore Orff with a guest master teacher. Past guest instructors have included Jo Ella Hug and Steven Calantropio.
For summer 2017, we are pleased to welcome back Doug Goodkin, who will be presenting the week-long course and 1/2-day workshop,
Register for the 1/2 day workshop will open on February 1, 2017.
The Royal Conservatory, in collaboration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), offers courses in Suzuki education and professional development in Suzuki violin and cello.
The Suzuki Method is based on the principle that all children possess musical ability and that this ability can be developed and enhanced through a nurturing environment. All children learn to speak their own language with relative ease and if the same natural learning process is applied in teaching other skills, these can be acquired as successfully.
Suzuki teacher training at The Royal Conservatory provides an opportunity to work with experienced Suzuki teacher trainers. During the courses, the trainer acts as a resource as you begin to introduce new techniques into your own studio. It is a chance to develop contacts with fellow educators as you explore the development of musicality in young children and learn the effective use of supplementary materials. Each unit corresponds to the Suzuki repertoire books of the same number.
Participants must attend every class and are required to observe lessons given by the trainer as well as those of other teachers. There will be opportunities to do some observations by video. Repertoire will be performed in class as part of the study of each book. There will be some written course work and the teachers will have an opportunity to do apprenticeship teaching under the guidance of the trainer.
Topics covered include:
• A detailed study of the Suzuki repertoire
• The role of the group class in the Suzuki method
• A study of early childhood development
• Research into the parent/teacher/student triangle
• How to create musical motivation in the studio
• How to begin a Suzuki class
Every Child Can! - An Introduction to Suzuki Education
An introduction to teaching and learning music using the Suzuki method. If you are a parent, classroom educator, or music teacher of any instrument who is curious about this world-renowned teaching style, this introductory exploration of the Suzuki approach is the best way to learn more, ask questions, and meet our Suzuki teachers. Every Child Can! courses are typically held on Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with sessions offered in October and January. Enrollment includes an Every Child Can! course manual.
To see what Suzuki Teacher Training courses are currently available, please view our online course calendar here.
For additional information about Suzuki Teacher Training: