Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Orff Music

For children ages 3-8Using their voices to speak and sing, and their bodies to move and dance, children in the Orff classes joyously progress from musical imitation to improvisation and literacy. The classes are based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later, when age appropriate. The students explore their own creative expression in a non-competitive atmosphere. The classes foster creativity, convey musical knowledge and skills, and encourages the children to respect and appreciate each other and their ideas.

The unity of music, speech and movement are essential in the teaching based on the ideas of the Orff Schulwerk. Through nursery rhymes, finger games, songs and dances, children learn music in a playful and holistic way. They develop their intellectual, motor, emotional and social skills.

Orff Teaching PhilosophyAs a graduate of the Orff Institute, instructor Holger Mauthe is guided by Carl Orff's belief that there is a hidden artist in EVERY human being. He has taught in Finland, Sweden, Russia and Germany and has over 10 years experience teaching Early Childhood Classes for the Mount Royal Conservatory.

Through music and dance, Teresa Sabiston currently teaches full time at Calgary Montessori School, working with preschoolers between the ages of 3 to 6 years of age. She feels very fortunate to have studied Carl Orff’s philosophy and music pedagogy early on in her teaching career when she enrolled in an Orff course at the University of Ottawa. Teresa shares Maria Montessori’s and Carl Orff’s belief that children from 0 to 6 are sensorial, experiential learners.

“Musical experiences at this age must involve the child holistically in speech rhymes, finger plays, nursery rhymes, songs, movement and improvisation. Having experienced musical concepts such as beat, rhythm and pitch, children are then able to internalize these experiences and understand them cognitively. Movement is key to helping children to internalize these concepts, with improvisation and playing instruments a natural progression of these holistic experiences. Collaborative musical experiences help children grow socially, emotionally and intellectually. Music is a joyful expression of the human spirit”.

Katherine McMillan
studied music education and Orff Schulwerk pedagogy at the University of Alberta and is a former elementary music teacher with the Calgary Board of Education. Katie strongly advocates the Orff approach as a means to inspire children's innate musical sensibilities.
Class Information

Orff Prep
This is an un-parented class for 3 and 4 year olds which introduces some of the fundamental elements of music in a playful and holistic way. The children sing, dance and play music on a variety of instruments and develop their intellectual, motor, emotional and social skills.

Orff Basics
For 4 year olds who had previous music experiences (e.g. Music and Movement classes or Orff Prep) and 5 year olds with no previous music experience. By making music together and later labeling and consciously experiencing the elements of music the children learn about rhythm, beat, melody and basic music notation.

Orff Ensemble Level 1
For 5 year olds who have taken the Orff Basics class and 6 or 7 year olds with no previous music experience. The children will learn and create arrangements using un-pitched percussion and Orff instruments (xylophones, etc.).

Orff Ensemble Level 2
Children must have completed the Orff Ensemble Level 1.

Please check carefully to see which classes are held at MRU and which are held at Vecova Recreation Centre (Studio 1), 3304 - 33 Street NW. Schedule subject to change.

Instructors: Holger MautheKate McMillan, Teresa Sabiston


Winter 2017              
CRN Instructor Class Day
Date Time Rm. Fee
CRN 1308 Holger Prep Tuesday Feb. 7 - May 23, 2017 2:30-3:15 p.m. ED0320 $325
CRN 1309 Holger Basics Tuesday Feb. 7 - May 23, 2017 3:30-4:15 p.m. ED0320 $325
CRN 1314 Katherine Basics Saturday Feb. 4 - Jun. 10, 2017 12-12:45 p.m. ED0320 $325
MRU - Orff Ensembles
CRN 1303 Holger  Ensemble Level 1  Tuesday Feb. 7 - May 23, 2017  4:30-5:30 p.m.  ED0320  $395
 MRU - Vecova Recreation Centre: 3304 - 33 Street NW      
CRN 1315  Holger  Prep  Wednesday Feb. 1 - May 17, 2017  12:30-1:15 p.m.  Studio 1  $325
CRN 1316  Holger  Basics  Wednesday Feb. 1 - May 17, 2017  1:30-2:15 p.m.  Studio 1  $325
CRN 1317  Holger  Basics  Thursday Feb. 2 - May 18, 2017  2-2:45 p.m.  Studio 1  $325
CRN 1305  Holger  Ensemble Level 1  Thursday Feb. 2 - May 18, 2017  4-5 p.m.  Studio 1  $395
CRN 1306  Holger  Ensemble Level 2  Thursday Feb. 2 - May 18, 2017  5-6 p.m.  Studio 1  $395

 RegistrationRegister before December 2, 2016 to guarantee the same class in which you are currently enrolled.

Registration for returning students and siblings for ALL Early Childhood programs begins Monday, December 5, 2016.  Returning students wishing to switch classes may do so from December 5 - 9, 2016.

New student and on-line registration begins January 3, 2017.

For more information on general registration methods, installment plan options and online registration, call the Conservatory at 403.440.6821*. Placement in a class is only confirmed when payment is received. We cannot guarantee placement in any particular class.

*Heavy call volumes may be experienced when the registration period first opens.


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