Colors Springing, Voices Ringing

Colors Springing, Voices Ringing

Orff Schulwerk and New Beginnings

This lesson will use a process in which important nouns, verbs, and descriptive language are chosen and used as a springboard for individual and group creativity. A canon will serve as a unifying piece of music and a music literacy component will take shape as this piece of music comes to life slowly through solfege.

We will explore components of folk dance through the New England Dancing Masters version of Sweets of May,” found in Chimes of Dunkirk (an invaluable resource) and use these figures to create our own adaptation of this folk dance. We’ll go one step further and create a new elemental composition of instrumental music to be played on Orff Instruments which includes ideas generated from exploring the the magical poetry of the children’s book. The final product will even include exploratory improvisations!

The power of Orff Schulwerk comes from unlocking the potential for creativity and awakening the endless possibilities of Music by Children!

Please click here to download a pdf of the lesson, which details Drue’s process and includes links to his Google slide presentation and printable cards.


About Drue Bullington

Drue Bullington

Drue M. Bullington teaches elemental music and movement at Brownstown and J.E. Fritz Elementary Schools at Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA. He’s also a certified American Orff Schulwerk Association Teacher Education Course Levels Instructor. A national conference and chapter workshop clinician, Drue has a rich and varied background in music and movement education, as well as vast experiences as a conductor of children’s choral music, directing musicals at all levels K-12, running and teaching summer music camps for all ages, and keeping a small private voice studio as well. He is twice a graduate of West Chester University having received a B.S. in Music Education, a M.M. in Music Education with a certification in Orff Schulwerk and has completed advanced Orff Schulwerk studies at George Mason University. He is currently pursuing a second masters in Online Teaching from Wilkes University.

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Rosemary Circo

A quick question, can you suggest how I might add the book slides after purchasing a hard copy of the book? I have ordered mine and was thinking I would then photo each page and upload…

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