Songs, games, lesson ideas and articles.
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A fun activity created by Miriam Schiff.
"Orff to Dinner" workshop handout
Songs and lesson ideas from the "Orff to Dinner" workshop presented in 2014.
Nampaya Omame Passing Game
A lesson created for the World Village Course in Finland 2016 by Ilke Alexander. This is a South African children's song made popular by Lady Smith Black Mambazo.
Recommended reading about the Schulwerk. Part 1
by Hastings Nyirenda
New to Orff or you are quite seasoned in the orff approach, here is list of reads one can get hold of and they are full of important information on the history and ideologies of the schulwerk.
Play, Sing, and Dance Doug Goodkin, Schott: If you are new to Orff-Schulwerk, this would be a fantastic first book to read. It includes pertinent historical information as well as a clear overview of the creative process involved in the Schulwerk. Other books by Doug Goodkin, though not specifically about Orff-Schulwerk history, are valuable resources as well
Elementaria Gunild Keetman, Schott: Translated into English by Margaret Murray in 1974, Elementaria gives explanations of how to create and use rhythmic-melodic exercises and elementary movement training
Artful-Playful-Mindful Jane Frazee, Schott: Frazee's latest book prompts readers to create a music curriculum that encourages students to develop musicality, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
Discovering Orff Jane Frazee, Schott: Organized by a sample grade level curriculum, this book gives an example of how the Orff-Schulwerk approach can have sequence and structure that builds through the elementary years.
Elemental Dance - Elemental Music: The Munich Günther School 1924-1944, ed. Michael Kugler, Schott: This book outlines the fascinating history of the Güntherschule during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. It contains articles by Barbara Haselbach, Hermann Regner, Minna Ronnefeld, Dorothee Günther, Carl Orff, and others, as well as photographs and concert programs.
Gunild Keetman: A Life Given to Music and Movement ed. Hermann Regner and Minna Ronnefeld, Schott: This dual-language (German and English) book is a collection of commemorative writings about Gunild Keetman written by her students, colleagues, and friends.
Introduction to Music for Children Wilhelm Keller, European American Music Distribution Corporation: A short, yet brilliant, gem, this book explains the instrumentarium, playing techniques, and basic principles of the Schulwerk.
Orff Schulwerk Today Jane Frazee, Schott: This book has chapters on the Orff-Schulwerk media of speaking, singing, moving, and playing instruments, as well as chapters on elements of music, such as melody, rhythm, texture, and structure. Many rhymes, songs, and instrumental pieces are used as examples, and the author includes many ideas for lessons and professional growth.
Orff Re-Echoes, Book I and II Selections from the Orff Echo publication of AOSA. Available for purchase through the AOSA website.
Pieces and Processes Steve Calantropio, Schott: The author, a master process teacher, shares a "Process Teaching Tool Box", or multiple ways to teach elemental melody, rhythm, and harmony in a logical and artistic manner. Twelve performance pieces serve as examples of music which can be taught using the tool box processes.
The Schulwerk Carl Orff, Schott, distributed by Hal Leonard: This is Volume 3 of Orff's eight volume autobiography. Orff documents the development in his career from the founding of the Güntherschule through the opening of the Orff Institut. The book includes scores of early pieces and photographs in addition to a detailed history of how the Schulwerk evolved.
My pedagogical journey as an Orff Schulwerk educator.
by Ilke Alexander
I can perhaps say that my journey as a music educator began in 2013, when I first attended the San Francisco Orff Schulwerk Course. I had never encountered Orff Schulwerk until that year, and never had any formal music education training, even at university. Everything before 2013 doesn’t matter; it’s inconsequential.
However, while that’s what I’d like to think, it unfortunately isn’t true. My journey into music education actually began much earlier, when I started taking music lessons at the age of 9. Read more.