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Purposeful Pathways Course One: Composition and Improvisation

From Teaching With Orff and world-renowned educator Roger Sams, our very first online course refreshes and synthesizes how to teach composition and improvisation with your youngest musical learners.

In this self-paced course you’ll observe six lessons for young musicians in workshop format from Book 1 of Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Educator, along with related commentary. Author Roger Sams models how to cultivate early skills in music literacy, composition, improvisation, and dance making through an integration of Orff Schulwerk, Kodály, and eurhythmics.

Roger Sams has helped music teachers around the world to discover their potential and become better educators by using tools and techniques he curated over 31 years of teaching music in public and private schools. Now you can access Roger’s training on your own schedule and learn what educators around the world have been raving about for years. He truly makes professional development personal.

We invite you to consider this as part of your professional development. Upon successful completion of this course, you may request a certificate for 21 hours of professional development contact time. In addition, you have the option to receive graduate credit through Ashland University for an additional fee.

Click here to learn more about this online course!

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  1. Hayley Winslow on August 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Hi! I’m wondering if there is anyway to become Orff certified through online courses.

    Thank you!

  2. Supattra on August 24, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    How many levels of Orff online course do you teach? I want to learn 3 levels before going to learn this program at St.Thomas MN and apply for AOSA in the future. thank you

    • Teaching With Orff on September 4, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Hi Suppatra!
      This online course includes six lessons for young musicians (likely first and second graders) in workshop format from Purposeful Pathways Book 1, along with related commentary.
      There is not currently online certification available for Orff levels. Certification will require an investment in official levels training. More information on AOSA approved certification courses can be found here
      Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  3. Eileen Poitras on October 3, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Is there a way to sign up for this course using a school purchase order?

    • Teaching With Orff on October 3, 2019 at 7:48 am

      Hi Eileen,
      Absolutely! Your school administrator can send a PO to us via email at Please have the PO made out to MMB Music, which is the parent organization for Teaching With Orff.
      Thank you for your interest in our online course. We hope to have you join us soon!
      Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  4. Jennifer Dean on October 31, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Can this course be used for professional development for Music Teachers?

    Thank you,

    • Teaching With Orff on November 4, 2019 at 9:21 am

      Hi Jennifer!
      Upon successful completion of this course, you may request a certificate from Teaching With Orff verifying 21 hours of professional development contact time.
      You also have the option of earning 1 hour of college credit through Ashland University. There is an additional fee payable directly to Ashland University for this credit.
      Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  5. Gina on November 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I do not have a music degree but am working with students in a private school setting. Could I take this course? I love the lessons!

    • Teaching With Orff on November 20, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      YES! We would love to have you in the course! If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at

  6. Tina on February 11, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I am very interested. I have taking Orff Level I and II. I need some college credit to renew my teaching certificate and would love more Orff knowledge. When I clicked onto Ashland Univ. website I can’t find the course to register and pay. Can you help with that?

    • Teaching With Orff on February 12, 2020 at 4:34 pm

      Hi Tina! We are delighted that you are interested in our online course. We are currently in the process of renewing our course for credit with Ashland. If you would like to sign up for the course and start learning with Roger now, you can do that through the link in the article above and pay for for the credit through Ashland when that link is live again.
      Please don’t hesitate to reach out to use via email with additional questions.
      Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  7. Charis on March 31, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Hello! I am wondering how long you have access to the videos and material for. Do you get all the videos at once? I am interested in taking the Rogers Sams’ course, but wanting to be able to go at my pace.

    • Teaching With Orff on March 31, 2022 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Charis,
      Thank you for reaching out! This is a completely self-paced course. You will have access to all of the videos and materials for one year. You are welcome to work through the lessons at your own pace and take as long as you like to complete the course.
      Your friends at Teaching With Orff

  8. Kendra H on January 14, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    Is there just the one course at this time?

    • Teaching With Orff on January 16, 2023 at 4:40 pm

      Hi Kendra,
      You are correct that we only have an online course for Book 1 at this time. We do have many online workshops for professional development and invite you to browse our website for these 90 minute webinar recordings.
      Your friends at Teaching With Orff

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