I attended a workshop on Saturday, July 31, 2015 from 8:30 - 4:30 at Clear Creek Elementary in Shawnee, KS. The title of the workshop was “Process for Success: Shaping the Year with Orff-Schulwerk”, presented by Jo Ella Hug. The presenter is a retired teacher with 38 years of public school teaching, including all ages of students from kindergarten through adults. She has taught the Orff level classes in the summers at various universities and is a past president of the organization. I have taken all three summer course levels of Orff-Schulwerk. I still attend various workshops, as there is always new and different information. Below are a few photos from the workshop.
In the Orff-Schulwerk model, children begin with what they do instinctively - play. Through imitation, experimentation, and personal expression, students can become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st century classrooms. When students are engaged with hands-on learning that is developmentally appropriate and carefully guided, sophisticated musical results can be achieved. The photos below show a 2nd grade classroom where students are divided into groups and are creating movement patterns to accompany a song. They are assigned different speech ostinatos (repeated patterns). As more parts are added, the texture of the song becomes thicker.
Athena Gillespie, Lewis Elementary Music Teacher
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