80 credit points


Duration                                1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Available at                           Melbourne Campus VIC (St Patrick's)

This course is designed as a further professional development program for teachers, educators, caregivers and artists. It further develops knowledge and skills in music education to enhance the music culture in schools, parishes, the music and arts industry and in the wider community. The innovations of the Orff approach to music education allow the participants to further their careers in a creative and artistic way and at the same time enable the further development of professionalism in music education.

In addition to the units which constitute the Graduate Certificate in Orff Music Education, the Graduate Diploma in Education (Orff Music Education) includes opportunities for participants to deepen their understanding of Orff Music education through a literature search, background reading and a research project investigating existing music programs in schools, community settings, parishes or the music industry. They will implement theoretical and practical components of the Orff approach in the field, and extend their understanding of musical leadership using the Orff approach.

Mode of Offering

This course is offered in a variety of modes including weekend, vacation school and/or weekly attendance. It may be offered at various off-campus locations where appropriate.


Application should be made on the Direct Entry Application Form available on the ACU National website, or from the Student Centre. Direct Entry Application Forms, together with any supporting documentation, should be submitted to the ACU National Admissions Section.

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a three-year post-secondary degree or diploma course or equivalent, with a minimum of one year's approved general teacher education, whether within the three years specified previously or not. Confidence with the implementation of creative music programs, as well as music skills and knowledge commensurate with AMEB Theory Grade 4 is normally required.

Course Structure

Unit Offerings

Unit offerings will vary subject to student demand and lecturer availability.
Elective units will vary between campuses and from year to year.


Introduction to Orff Music and Movement Education


Developing the Music Curriculum Using the Orff Process


Implementation and Evaluation with the Orff Approach


The Orff Approach and Community Settings


Orff Music Education Research Project (20cp)


Orff Music Education Leadership


Orff Music Education Field Study

*         These units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Orff Music Education

Requirements for Completion of Award

Satisfactory completion of 7 units.

Total of 80 credit points.