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2, 4, 8, 16... An Orff Circle!

Participants in 2, 4, 8, 16 . . .  An Orff Circle!,will Sing, Move, and Play the Orff way, through sequenced musical experiences with one of Canada's leading Orff magicians!  This workshop will provide some scope and sequence to the new BC Arts Education Curriculum, showing ways to implement and integrate Orff techniques into a broad variety of instructional settings for K - 7, connecting ‘knowledge, skill and creativity’*.  

To foster student literacy, a variety of materials including poetry, literature, folk material and Music for Children, Volumes I - V (Margaret Murray edition) will provide the foundation to improvise, compose and perform. 

Join us for 5 days of purposeful play with one of the true masters of the Orff process.  Debra Giebelhaus-Maloney will model masterful teaching, while sharing new ways to integrate music across the curriculum, in ways that will engage students in exploration, creation, reasoning and reflection.  Drawing on her vast experience with ELL students and those with special needs, she will share approaches toward differentiation that are needed in every classroom.

Participants will head into the new school year with an exciting new bag of tricks, ready to make musical magic.

From BC's New Curriculum - Arts Education

Registration:  Use the PayPallink on the left to register for the course. In addition, please send the following information to

  • Contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail)
  • A brief description of your music background 
  • A brief description of your teaching experience
  • Your teaching assignment for 2018-19, if known

Note:  Course content will be tailored to reflect the teaching assignments of registrants, based on information shared on the registration form.

Registration Deadline:  Registration will remain open until all spaces are filled.

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, August 24, 2018 - 4:30pm

St. Frances De Sales School

6656 Balmoral Street, Burnaby

Masterclasses are intended for those with a background in Orff pedagogy and classroom teaching experience.  However, those with alternative teaching experience and strong musical skills, will find it of great benefit.  Contact for more information.


Debra Giebelhaus‐Maloney is a Canadian Orff leader, clinician, teacher trainer, educator and a past president of Carl Orff Canada. She is a child advocate committed to excellence in music education. 

Holder of a B FA, B Ed, and M Ed, Debra’s current consulting includes designing and developing music, drama, language, arts infused ELL programs, sensory arts for students with special needs and cross-curricular courses/programming for school boards, universities and music organizations internationally, including South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.  

Debra adjudicates choral, drama and speech arts, provides professional development for teachers and delivers Artist in Residencyprograms for students from Preschool through Post-Secondary.  Debra continues to develop and provide sensory arts special needs programming for preschoolers.   Debra has joined the Performing Arts Team at Renert in Calgary as a Music Specialist where she delivers Orff Music and Choral programming for K – 12.

Two of Debra’s commissions include Listen to the Children,a compilation of English and Inuktitut children’s stories written with the children inNunavik, Quebecand a series of four early childhood children’s concerts for the California Orange County Pacific Symphonyand Youth Orchestra.

In 1990, Debra founded Orff at SING MOVE PLAY, a music education program for 3 – 9 year-olds that continues to be the inspiration for much of her storytelling and game development, some of which can be found in her Music and Language Circle Games.