ULG Advanced Studies in Music & Dance Education

University course

This university course addresses pedagogues at a post-graduate level from all over the world who have already had training or experience in music and dance education based on the pedagogical concepts of Orff-Schulwerk. It offers experienced music and dance teachers an intensive and concentrated course on one of the world's most well-known integrative approaches in music and dance pedagogy in a wonderful setting.

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2 semesters / 56 ECTS-AP


Next start

Registration deadline
April 1st 2024


The influence of Carl Orff's aproach had a great impact on music and dance education in many parts of the world. The pedagogical principles of his and Gunild Keetman's Schulwerk are universal and based on a belief in the creative and artistic nature of the human being. The Orff Institute at the Mozarteum University is a center of this international movement in music and dance education. The participants of the course, coming from different cultural backgrounds, will be encouraged to transfer and adapt
this pedagogy to the specific needs of their own cultures.

General information

A completed course of study in music and/or dance pedagogy at an undergraduate level in a home or foreign institution with a diploma or degree. Proof of teaching experience in the area of music and dance pedagogy for a period of at least three years . Proof of fluency in the english language, both written and spoken.

The total cost of the course is to be covered by tuition fees paid by the participants.


6.600 Euro. A non-refundable registration fee of 600 Euro will be required after being accepted.

Official documents, books and materials, board and room, excursions, and others. Students are required to pay approx. 20 Euro per term to the university students´ association. Living costs run between 500 Euro and 800 Euro per month, according to individual standards.

56 European Credit Transfer System Points (ECTS). Students from abroad should make arrangements with their local universities for graduate credits.

Will be distributed with the application form along with information about payment of fees.

The deadline for receiving application forms is April 1st in the respective year (if the course is offered). 

Link to the current Registration form

Pedagogy and Didactics

  • Orff-Schulwerk Sources and Adaptations
  • Didactics of Elemental Music and Dance
  • Pedagogy and Practice Teaching
  • Music and dance for People with Special Needs
  • Music and Dance for Different Age Groups: Early Childhood, Adolescents, Seniors
  • Weekly Round-Table Discussions Relevant to Studies
  • Elemental Music Theatre


  • Ensemble and Improvisation
  • Composing with and for Children
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Vocal Education for Children
  • Theory and Practice of Instrument Building
  • Recorder Ensemble

Movement and Dance

  • Movement and Dance Technique
  • Basic Choreography and Improvisation
  • Movement Accompaniment
  • Ethnic Dances
  • Projects in Integrating the Arts

Series of Lectures

  • ... extending the studies in relevant areas
  • Carl Orff and his Stage Works
  • Aesthetic Education
  • Orff-Schulwerk and the Contemporary Arts
  • History of Orff-Schulwerk

(total 615 lessons)


Other Activities:


... to schools in and around Salzburg and to places directly connected with the life and works of Carl Orff are planned (his home and museum in Diessen am Ammersee, The Orff Centre Munich, cultural events in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna and elsewhere). These excursions will require extra fees for transportation and overnight accommodation.

Observation of Practice Teaching Classes

  • at the Orff Institute, schools and other institutions nearby is highly recommended.
  • Approximately 100 participants (toddlers, young children, teens, adults and elderly people) attend weekly classes in music and dance which are taught by Orff Institute faculty as well as students enrolled in the Bachelor and Master Courses.

Final examinations requiring a positive result are held at the end of the summer
semester and include:

  • a written thesis
  • a colloquium
  • practice teaching
  • the performance of a study with original music and dance compositions developed and directed by the student
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Orff Institute - Elemental Music & Dance Education