When I started my studies at the Carl Orff-Institute with the age of 21, it felt like a dream becoming real. I have discovered Orff Schulwerk – a pedagogy rooted in the rhythmical determination of the human being – as a rewarding principle in my teaching of music and dance, and in my everyday life.
I have been teaching since 1994 working with music education and social pedagogy students, practicing teachers, children, choir singers and conductors, musicians and performers in Austria, recently in England and internationally (Hong Kong, South Korea, Turkey, Finland). Recent studies in Yoga and Laban Bartenieff Movement Analysis have deepened my experience in the holistic field of music and dance and my interest in the research of the possible roles of music and dance in the Orff Schulwerk pedagogy. I am currently developing a concept introducing the versatile role of movement and dance to the music classroom teacher, awakening the experience that rhythm, rhyme, song, the slap on a drum, the tone on a xylophone and any other musical activity might be approached from movement – inner and outer – following Carl Orff’s principle of the Elemental.
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