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Love, Gratitude, and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

By Teaching With Orff / January 11, 2017
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We are truly grateful for the opportunity to connect with and support so many amazing music educators across the country. Your dedication to your students inspires us, and your commitment to music and movement education makes the world a better place. Teaching With Orff began as a desire to connect with and encourage music educators across…

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STUDIO 49 Orff Instruments: Crafted for Acoustic Excellence

By Teaching With Orff / October 30, 2016
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“I remember as a very young child being with my parents in Carl Orff’s composing room. That’s where STUDIO 49 began, and it’s been in our family’s hands ever since.” —Bernd Becker-Ehmck, owner Teaching With Orff is made possible by STUDIO 49 Orff Instruments.

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Make Room For Music: Photo Contest Winners

By Teaching With Orff / September 21, 2016
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Make Room for Music: Photo Contest Winners Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry in our recent Make Room For Music photo contest. We loved seeing all of the innovative and creative ways you have organized and decorated your classrooms for your students. We also loved hearing why you love teaching with Orff! With so…

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POP! Goes the Music

By Teaching With Orff / October 14, 2015
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At JJ Harris Elementary School in Athens, Georgia, Music Teacher David Osborne made Fine Arts Night POP! National Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. In Georgia, the theme of this year’s YAM was pop art, and students from around…

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Reflect and Refine: A Realistic Approach to the New School Year

By Teaching With Orff / September 15, 2015
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Contributed to AOSA.org by Beth Melin Nelson, AOSA Teacher Educator I distinctly remember the start of my first school year after taking Level I. Armed with two weeks of Orff Schulwerk education, I was eager to recreate these experiences in my own classroom. I wanted to provide my students with meaningful Orff Schulwerk lessons that…

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Why I love Studio 49 Video Contest

By Teaching With Orff / July 15, 2014
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Attention Music Educators! Enter the Why I Love Studio 49 Contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Munich, Germany in July 2015. Upload your video, fill out the contest form, and get your friends to vote for you–the video with the most votes wins!

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See an Orff Class in Action

By Teaching With Orff / February 24, 2014
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In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms. This 7-minute video, with teacher commentary, models how children learn through…

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What is Orff Schulwerk?

By Teaching With Orff / February 24, 2014
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This 2-minute video offers a brief look at the journey of discovery that children experience making music and movement the Orff-Schulwerk way. Be sure to watch the video of an Orff class in action for a more detailed explanation of Orff Schulwerk!

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Improvising and Composing Lesson 4

By Teaching With Orff / June 5, 2013
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Improvising and Composing with Familiar Rhythms, Drums, and Barred Instruments Lesson 4 There are four lessons in this series. Students will identify, compose, read, and perform 16-beat rhythms containing quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, syncopation, and quarter rests. They will compose and perform melodies using Dorian mode, accompany themselves using a tonic drone bass,…

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