Saturday, August 23, 2014

What is Orff?

Wonderland Avenue Music - She Sells Sea Shells from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

New families in particular sometimes ask what the Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching music approach is all about.  Here's a excerpt from this week's fourth grade music class that illustrate what goes on in the Orff classroom.  As you can see there is a lot of emphasis on movement and rhythmic independence and having the kids take a role in the construction of the material we use.  Above all we try to get it playful and fun.  The kids enjoyed this piece, but that could also have something to do with all the beach references.  There's something just not right about being in school in August!

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