Lesson Plans

Composition and Improvisation: Oliver Twist

Composition and Improvisation Using Rhythmic Dictation Cards in First and Second Grade: Oliver Twist  Dr. Paul Cribari  One of the most common questions I get as a Level I teacher, is “How do you get young kids to start improvising?” A simple, concise, and easy answer is, of course, impossible. By starting early, however, and structuring activities… Read more »

Contest Winner: Back to School Name Chant

Back to School Lesson Contest Winner! Congratulations to Steve Johnson, Jr. of State Street School in Westerly, RI.  Steve’s Back to School Name Chant was selected as the winner of Teaching With Orff’s lesson contest. We believe this lesson is a great way for you and your students to begin the new year!** Back to School Name Chant… Read more »

Poly Spots: What to Do with Them?

Poly Spots and What to Do with Them Ideas by Marcia Working I teach Orff classes in a private studio. I have a wonderful and large teaching space. I’m also a traveling music teaching artist and I go to different locations as part of my job. For both types of situations, I LOVE MY POLY… Read more »

Små Grodorna: Swedish Frog Song

Små Grodorna My daughter spent her senior year of high school in Sweden. This was the first song she learned upon her arrival. Apparently every Swede knows this song whether they admit it or not. It is traditionally performed around the maypole at Midsommer, which is an even bigger holiday than Christmas. Here’s a story… Read more »

Engaging Children With Literature: The Deep Blue Sea

Engaging Children with Literature The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood ISBN-10: 0439753821 Grade Level: 1st [Adaptable to Kindergarten] Objectives: Sing Sol-Mi-La patterns from icons. Perform beat accompaniment (chord bordun) for a pentatonic song using appropriate mallet technique. Use instruments to represent characters or special words in a story. Dramatize a story with movement; use creative… Read more »

NI HAO! Rock Scissors Cloth

NI HAO! For music educators interested in enriching their music curriculum with authentic world music, NI HAO! Sing and Chant Your Way to China!* presents nine authentic Chinese songs, chants, and games in an easily accessible format for teachers to use with their students pre-K to grade 5. In this excerpt from NI HAO!, Dr…. Read more »

Roses Are Red: An Orff Inspired Valentine

Roses are Red: An Orff Inspired Valentine Lesson Process Learning the Song Speak the full poem for students. Then have them repeat it phrase by phrase until they learn it. Using the same process, sing the full song for students and then have them echo by phrase to learn the song. Introduce bordun pattern by… Read more »

Teaching and Dancing the Circle Waltz Mixer

Teaching and Dancing the Circle Waltz Mixer If you are dancing regularly with your students then it is a short and easy step to have an evening community dance with students and parents. I recommend starting out by having a dance for, say, only the fourth graders and their parents and siblings. Have the fourth… Read more »

Chinese New Year 2017 Begins Year of the Rooster

Background: Chinese New Year is also known as Asian New Year, Lunar New Year, and the Asian Spring Festival. January 28, 2017 begins the year of the Rooster in the Lunar Calendar. Families celebrate by hanging special banners, eating special foods, lighting firecrackers, and giving money away in special red envelopes. Aimee’s most recent O… Read more »