The Orff Schulwerk Approach to Creative Music and Movement
Workshops for both children and teachers
Orff Schulwerk is an approach to music education developed by German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982) and his colleague, Gunild Keetman. The teaching process involves singing; body percussion; playing on a variety of both melodic and non-melodic percussion instruments; movement and dancing; and speech activities to encourage active music making.
In these series of workshops, we will be getting children/ teachers to explore body percussion, creative movement and explore playing on both non-melodic instruments (claves, egg shakers, drums) and melodic instruments (xylophones, metallophones, tone-bars). Through these hands-on sessions, we will share simple songs and activities developmentally appropriate for the various age groups.
We conducted a series of Orff workshops for teachers of Aitong Primary School. The experience allows them to use different modalities (body percussion, locomotive movement, singing, instrument play – melodic and non-melodic) to approach a song. They were also taught how to scaffold children’s learning and ways to plan simple music movement activities based on Orff Methodology.