It is a way of teaching music based on the essential relationship between music, movement and the spoken word, with three themes to bind them: rhythm, improvisation and form.
The method is also known as Orff Schulwerk and evolved out of the creative ideas and work of the composer Carl Orff and the music educator Gunild Keetman.
At Orff UK we offer practical training courses, events, advice and resources. Whether you are teacher of music in schools, an instrumental teacher, a community musician, a speech and language therapist, a teaching assistant or a parent, or as someone interested in integrating music into their work, we are here to support you.
Social – we interact and share with others, communicating, adapting and collaborating
Emotional – it enables us to express and communicate feelings, to reflect or change a mood
Cognitive - our imagination and experience give form to understanding and ideas, developing our powers of perception, memory, concept formation and problem solving
Physical - we learn to control our movements and our voices with energy, dexterity, strength and coordination
Therapeutic – it calms, stimulates, comforts and energises
Spiritual – it creates the conditions for contemplation and mindfulness
All of the course was excellent, thank you. Could have been longer to learn more and have even more fun! It has improved my subject knowledge and also shown my how to use music across the curriculum.
All of the ideas provided were very engaging and relevant. Please run a course for KS2.
I thought the course was fantastic. Great to have experience with the instruments.
Always brilliant to be reminded of Orff approaches. I now have more confidence and new ideas to implement. Thank you.
Lots of examples I would use in school which were very appropriate for my Foundation Phase pupils. I plan to use all of the ideas and examples with pupils back in school. The course also made me think about how to push younger children further with instrumental work as well as singing.
Most valuable were the hands on activities, of which there were several, from which I can translate ideas into my learning sessions. I am now inspired to bring more percussion centred activities into my learning sessions, in particular improvisation / composition into KS1 lessons.
Everything was valuable. Very informative. Great to be “doing” rather than just making notes. Nice to have an enthusiastic teacher who made it fun. I will use lots of the songs and the website.
Which part of the course was most valuable? All of it. Great ideas which will definitely be used in my Foundation Phase classroom next week.
Practical, simple ideas that all teachers are able to do. It has given really good ideas to implement in school. The course could have been improved by running it for an extra day so that we could learn more about Orff activities and broaden the range. Could you run a junior course too please?
Most valuable aspect were the many practical ideas to use in the classroom. The course has raised my confidence in using musical activities in the classroom.
Excellent ideas to take with me to the classroom. Lots of fun. I feel that I could adopt the philosophy that “there is something of an artist in everyone”.
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