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A Day in the Life of Orff Certification: Day 6

Orff Level I – Day 6           This weekend I realized that I have not spent much time, if any, talking about my recorder class and I really want to share some of the things I’ve been learning from Brian Burnett.  Almost immediately I learned that he likes to use big words and has very… Read more »

A Day in the Life of Orff Certification: Day 5

Orff Level I – Day 5 In college when asked the difference between the Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff methods of elementary music teaching, I always went to a very concise definition: Dalcroze is movement based, Kodaly is singing based, and Orff is instrument based. Now that I am learning more about Orff-Schulwerk, I know what… Read more »

A Day in the Life of Orff Certification: Day 4

Orff Level I – Day 4 Time and time again this week, I keep being reminded of just how engaging and active an elementary music lesson should be.  I know that my students have been sitting and listening to me talk too much this year because they were off-task very frequently which was overwhelming and… Read more »

SMART: Shaping Music and Reading Together

I am thrilled to share a new program at Baldwin Wallace University that infuses Orff concepts in its effort to combine music and literacy concepts. The primary goal of this program is to increase students’ reading fluency. Our 2013 program just finished last week. Stay tuned for more details about our program! A summary of the… Read more »

A Day in the Life of Orff Certification: Day 1

Orff Level I – Day 1 What I Expected To Happen Today I was thinking today would start like most classes of my higher education career: the professor hands you a syllabus, reads the syllabus to you as if you are illiterate and somehow managed to get into the class anyway, and then talks about… Read more »

Orff for Adults: Swing-En II

Swing-En* II (The official title of our class, as listed in the OASIS catalog, is “Swing Ensemble for Pitched Percussion.”  My abbreviation for us is Swing-En – a good name for these episodes.)  D-Day arrived!  A demonstration class for the residents of the retirement community where our sessions are held.  What we hoped to show… Read more »

Orff Certification

Are you interested in furthering your music career through Orff-Schulwerk certification? Visit the American Orff-Schulwerk’s page for information on current professional development opportunities and approved Orff Certification courses:  http://aosa.org/professional.html  

Orff for Adults: Swing-En I

Swing-En: Today was the second-last rehearsal before the spring program.  It began for me, as it does for countless Orff specialists everywhere, with setting up instruments, distributing mallets, selecting needed non-pitched percussion instruments . . . and a sense of excitement!  Class members arrived.  Conversations reached forte and even became a bit staccato. Rehearsal began… Read more »