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Taking Orff-Schulwerk to the 21st Century with Cecilia Wang
By West Music
1/6/2014 9:38:00 AM

Cecilia WangOrff Schulwerk Reflections and DirectionsCecilia Wang shares an inside look her newest project - Orff-Schulwerk Reflections and Directions (GIA), which takes an in-depth look at how music educators can best take the Orff method into the 21st century. Featuring a look at the past, present and future of Orff-Schulwerk, the book includes contributions by 20 internationally recognized leaders in the field, as well as ten detailed and field-tested lesson plans for any music classroom setting.   

"This book is a reflection of Orff Schulwerk and its role in the twenty-first century. A group of passionate music educators gathered in Kentucky to discuss what Orff Schulwerk has been and what it could be internationally. The result is this book, written by twenty authors who dedicated much of their lifes work to promote Orff Schulwerk. Several of them are past AOSA presidents; others are Orff-Schulwerk pedagogues, researchers, an ethnomusicologist, and a music therapist. It is written for music teachers of all levels, college professors, and researchers.

The content of this book is unique in its comprehensive coverage of Orff Schulwerk from different perspectives by the various authors. The content takes you to several continents to observe Orff Schulwerk in action. Jane Frazee describes the colorful history of how Carl Orff developed the Schulwerk from the environment of the Nazi Germany to the current USA. Carlos Abril dares you to think critically and objectively of the dangers of treating Orff Schulwerk as an ideology. Arvida Steen shows real examples of our diverse populations in the schools that challenge all music teachers. Judy Bond, Cindy Hall, and Jay Broeker discuss current issues related to Orff Schulwerk teacher education. Need research findings? Wang and Sogin give you a panoramic view of research studies in Orff Schulwerk. Who can benefit from the Orff process? Nicola Mason, Michelle Lewis, Jo Ella Hug, Lori Gooding, and Terri Brown Lenzo share their work that extends Orff Schulwerk beyond the elementary population.

What directions should we follow for the future? Robyn Staveley’s chapter on technology and neuroscience, and Gregory Springer’s on creative thinking steer us forward. Springer’s model of Creative Thinking in Orff Schulwerk offers a much-needed theoretical basis for Orff research and advocacy.  To adapt Orff Schulwerk for teaching musical diversity, the chapters by Shamrock, Kuo-Huang Han, and Kim McCord, guide you in creating lessons including playing Gamelan, and Jazz music!

For school teachers, the most useful may be the last section which showcases field-tested lesson plans by various contributors, as well as two arrangements of Chinese music for the new year, by Margaret Thong."

Orff-Schulwerk Reflections and Directions is available now from West Music!


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