Programs, Classes & Private Lessons

Orff Music

Children ages 3-8


Using 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 music 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 Carl Orff. Through singing, dancing and playing on wide of variety of instruments, children learn music in a playful and holistic way. At the end of the term, each class has the opportunity to perform in one of MRU's beautiful theatres. The whole family is invited to celebrate the children's accomplishment. All Orff Classes are un-parented.

Orff Teaching PhilosophyA 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.

“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. Classes are 45 minutes each week

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. Classes are 45 minutes each week

Orff Ensemble (Level 1 and 2)
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.). Classes are 60 minutes each week. For Level 2, children must have completed two terms of 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 MautheKatherine McMillan


Winter 2019       
CRN 30758KatherinePrep (3 - 4 years)WednesdayFeb 6, 2019 - May 22, 201911:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.ED0320$325
CRN 30171HolgerBasics (4 - 5 years)TuesdayFeb 5, 2019 - May 21, 20193:30 - 4:15 p.m.ED0320$325
CRN 30168HolgerEnsemble Level 1TuesdayFeb 5, 2019 - May 21, 20194:30 - 5:30 p.m.ED0320$395
Classes at Vecova Recreation Centre, 3304 -33 St. NW, Calgary
CRN 30173HolgerPrep (3 - 4 years)WednesdayFeb 6, 2019 - May 22, 20191:30 - 2:15 p.m.Studio 1$325
CRN 30172HolgerBasics (4 - 5 years)WednesdayFeb 6, 2019 - May 22, 20192:30 - 3:15 p.m.Studio 1$325
CRN 30175HolgerBasics (4 - 5 years)ThursdayFeb 7, 2019 - May 30, 20192:00 - 2:45 p.m.Studio 1$325
CRN 30170HolgerEnsemble Level 1ThursdayFeb 7, 2019 - May 30, 20194:00 - 5:00 p.m.Studio 1$395
CRN 30387HolgerEnsemble Level 2ThursdayFeb 7, 2019 - May 30, 20195:00 - 6:00 p.m.Studio 1$395


Fall  Registration

Student Registration  for ALL Early Childhood programs begins Dec 3, 2018.

For more information on general registration methods, installment plan options and online registration, or 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.