The Orff Schulwerk Process provides music teachers with a simple process to share concepts and experiment with music. Check out the overview, and then try it for yourself with our step-by-step guide.
Through tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments, movement, games, singing, rhythmic exploration and drama, the child learns of his innate musical talents in a way that is immediately successful and rewarding. Orff for the very young child is an excellent preparation for private lessons. For the older child, it is an indispensable means of developing a complete musical experience as it supplements private lessons.
Present the song to the students.
Teach the song as a chant, working phrase by phrase until the students have mastery of each phrase.
Add the melody, working phrase by phrase until the students have mastery of the song.
Move to the accompaniment parts, working on the foundational parts first - often the xylophone/metallophone parts. The use of body percussion is often employed in helping students transfer accompaniment patterns to the instruments. Consider/apply the use of movement to bring about a greater understanding. Encourage creative input from the children through out the process. Encourage improvisation.
Combine vocal/instrumental/movement parts for a final performance.
It's important to remember that Orff Schulwerk songs and orchestrations should always be considered a "framework." Within this framework teachers may freely, add to or discard any part of the materials to meet the needs of the students. Students with experience performing Orff arrangements may even enjoy creating their own.
Get started today with our professionally arranged free printable Orff orchestrations for beginner and easy levels.