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What is Orff?

Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music. It is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language.

Orff Schulwerk is designed for all children, not just the privileged, talented, or selected few. There is a place for every child and each contributes according to his/her ability.

Orff Schulwerk happens in a non-competitive atmosphere where one of the rewards is the pleasure of making good music with others. When the children want to write down what they have composed, reading and writing find their moment.

Orff Schulwerk uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as examples and basic materials. These may be traditional or original.  Spoken or sung, they may be accompanied by clapping and stamping or by drums, sticks, and bells.

The special Orff melody instruments include wooden xylophones and metal glockenspiels that offer good sound immediately. Played together as in a small orchestra, their use helps children become sensitive listeners and considerate participants.

With Orff Schulwerk, improvisation and composition start students on a lifetime of knowledge and pleasure through personal musical experience. Learning is meaningful only if it brings satisfaction to the learner, and satisfaction arises from the ability to use acquired knowledge for the purpose of creating. For both teacher and student, Orff Schulwerk is a theme with endless variation.

The title "Schulwerk" is an indication of the educational process taking place: Schulwerk is schooling (in music) through working, that is through being active and creative..

This definition was taken from the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.

 

Orff Schulwerk Teaching Principles include:

Involvement - all of the children are involved and active participants
Creativity - Children help to create parts of the music they perform
Theory - Expand the child's concrete knowledge
Togetherness - All parts are taught to everyone in a spirit of working together
Child-Centered - the teacher must always adapt to the needs of the group
Beauty - All music performed should be beautiful and aesthetically pleasing

 

 

Orff at Raleigh Bartlett Meadows…

 

Students in all grades sing, dance, play instruments, learn to read and compose music, and become good listeners and performers.

 

Students in 4th and 5th grade participate in the Recorder Karate program.  See Recorder Karate page for more information on this fun program!

 

Students in all grades participate in one program during the year in which they are able to perform for the school and friends and family.  This teaches performance skills and allows children the opportunity to be “on stage”.

 

 

Recorder Music

 

 

 

Belt

Songs

Notes

White

Hot Cross Buns

GAB

Yellow

Gently Sleep

GAB

Orange

Merrily We Roll Along

GAB

Green

It's Raining

EGA

Purple

Old MacDonald Had A Farm

DEGAB

Blue

When The Saints Go Marching In

GABC'D'

Red

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

DEF#GAB

Brown

Amazing Grace

DEGABD'

Black

Ode To Joy

DGABC'D'

 

Recorder Grading Rubric

4

Plays with very few mistakes and has good tone, rhythm, and tonguing.

3

Plays with a few mistakes in pitches, rhythm, and tonguing.

2

Plays with several mistakes in pitches, rhythm, or using correct tonguing.

1

Plays with many mistakes in pitches, rhythm, or in fingering a particular note, or does not use correct tonguing.

0

Plays with many mistakes in pitches and rhythm, poor tone, many starts and stops, does not use correct tonguing, and/or seems very unsure of fingerings.

 

RECORDERS ROCK!

 

 
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