The Orff Approach is a set of principles by which creative education can be organised. Primarily it uses a trinity of Art Forms: Music, Dance and Spoken Word, with two central themes that bind them together: Rhythm and Improvisation. The Orff Approach is not a linear method, nor is it a training programme for particular career paths, such as playing an instrument, joining a ballet company or becoming a poet. It does however offer a holistic grounding in the many skills and qualities that a person might want in living and or working creatively. It can sit alongside other curriculums or stand alone as a pathway for personal and professional creative development.
In the Orff Approach we believe that music making develops us in ways that are:
Social - When we make music together we learn to interact and share with others- communicating ideas and feelings, adapting and negotiating, challenging, collaborating, celebrating and having fun.
Emotional - It enables us to express our feelings, to reflect or change a mood - to soothe, excite, shock, elate….
Cognitive - In making and listening to music we use our imagination and experience to give musical form to ideas and feelings. Perception, memory, concept formation and problem solving abilities are developed.
Physical - Through singing, dancing, and playing instruments we acquire increasing control of our movements and our voice with energy, flexibility, dexterity, strength, speed, coordination and breathing.
Therapeutic - Music is a medium for communication. It calms, stimulates, comforts and energises.
Spiritual - Music creates the conditions for contemplation and transcendence..