How does We’re Orff 2! work?
In this resource there are 5 different units, suitable for preschool to lower primary classes. Each unit is it’s own entity and develops in its own way, in a step-by-step progression, but each unit follows the same Orff-Shulwerk Principles.
Each unit will take several weeks to work through. Progress at a pace that the class is comfortable with.
“I’ve Got a Rhythm” is the first unit. You will find the other four units in the iBooks Store.
Each unit will work through a standard set of activities, in an order appropriate to its text. The activities will vary but will be drawn from the following:
Movement, Body percussion, Speech, Singing, Instruments
Instrument work will utilise both untuned and tuned percussion and involve Rhythm, Melody,
Ostinato, Bordun and/or Canon.
Each unit concludes with suggestions for drawing on the exploration and creative work done by the
students to create a performance (Putting it Together).
Within each of the activities, the following techniques are used: Imitation, Exploration, Improvisation/creating
Creative music and movement education
What is Orff Schulwerk?
Orff Schulwerk is an approach to music education. It was developed by German composer and music educator Carl Orff (1895-1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman (1904-1990).
How does it work?
The Orff approach integrates Speech, Singing, Movement and Instruments to teach the elements of music.
Students are immersed naturally, as in language-learning, into Hearing and Imitating, then Making Music, and, later, Reading and Writing music.
Techniques include Imitation (simultaneous imitating), Echo, Ostinato, Canon, Question & Answer.
Instruments and scale
The Orff approach uses percussion instruments specifically chosen or designed for children. Both untuned and tuned percussion instruments are utilised.
Untuned percussion: tambourines, tambours, claves (rhythm/tapping sticks), woodblocks, triangles, castanets, guiros, triangles etc.
Tuned percussion: xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones etc.