Teaching With Orff Stands In Solidarity

At Teaching With Orff our motto is:

Your highest and best expression of yourself ~
As an artist,
As a teacher,
As a human.

Truly embracing this and being our highest and best expression of ourselves as humans requires that we use our voices and our actions to participate in this transformational moment in history.

We stand with the American Orff Schulwerk Association in their statement denouncing violence against the Black community. We stand with our students and colleagues of color along with their families and communities. We denounce acts of injustice and violence against Black people and all people of color. We condemn the systemic racial inequalities that diminish their voices and endanger their lives.

Black Lives Matter, and “matter” is the minimum.
Black lives are worthy.
Black lives are beloved.
Black lives are needed.

USC football player Jay Urich

There is work to be done. We invite you to join us in listening to and learning from minoritized voices in order to better equip ourselves to make a positive contribution in this process.


  • Teach Us All (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • Selma (available to rent)
  • The Hate U Give (Hulu/Cinemax)


  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education by Vicki R. Lind and Constance L. McKoy
  • Music Education for Social Change; Constructing an Activist Music Education by Juliet Hess
  • We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love

Click here for a list of Black-Owned independent bookstores to consider when ordering online.




For a deeper dive, see this extensive list of resources on systemic racism.

At Teaching With Orff we are committed to showing up for music educators and supporting one another in our work to achieve the highest and best expressions of ourselves. We are committed to uplift and support our colleagues, students, families, and communities. We are committed to listen, to learn, and to love.

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Teaching With Orff

Teaching With Orff supports Music & Movement Educators to develop the highest and best expression of themselves as artists, as teachers, as humans.

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  1. Avatar Shannon Coulter on June 13, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Wow! You’ve captured my attention with your thorough resource list. I’m feeling grateful as a long-time DEI learner and advocate in my school, to see that a leader in music education such as “Teaching with Orff” is finally stepping up with the message. Yes! Please keep listening deeply. This transformation will go on a long time.

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