Exploring Orff


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Exploring Orff
A Teacher's Guide
By Arvida Steen
376 pages
Grades K - 5 

Teacher's guide for developing a curriculum and lessons that address our children's needs and include improvisation and musical experimentation opportunities. Shows how to form a curriculum that addresses students' needs; how to choose the best materials for lessons from the abundant materials available; how to plan lessons that have a clear focus and are also open to frequent student contributions.

The curriculum outline presented is to be viewed as a flexible tool that will help us respond to the changing characteristics of our classrooms and schools. The outline may also be used as a reference to connect it and the materials that follow with a curriculum you are already using.
The second part of the book outlines a flexible curriculum for each grade, with lesson suggestions for each objective. It also illustrates various ways to encourage individual and group participation.   

For teachers to use with grade K to 5.


  • Planning Your Curriculum (section on Curriculum Grids)
  • Lesson Planning (section on Model Lesson Plans)
  • Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
  • Artistry in the Classroom

Title Index:
A - C: Ah, Poor Bird, Alleluia, All in a Wood, All Night All Day, All the Ducklings, Ama-Lama, Angel Band, Arre Mi Burrituo, Artza Alenu, Aunt Dinah, Away Down South, Babylon's Falling, Black Snake, Blake Flirts with Bach, Bluebird Bobbie Shaftoe, Bow Wow Wow, Buck-eyed Jim, The Bullgine Run, Buster Brown, By'm Bye, Calliope, Canon, Chaconne (Bohm), Charlie Over the Ocean, Charlie's Neat, Ching-a-ring, Cindy Lee Can't You See?, Clap Clap Clap Your Hands, The Cobbler Song, Cotton-eyed Joe, Count 5, Crawdad Hole, Crossing Mallets

D - G: Diddle Diddle Dumpty, Ding Dong Bell, Doctor Foster, Don't Let the Wind, Don't Let Your Watch Run Down, Down Goes the Lamb, Down in the Meadow, Down the River, Drill Ye Tarriers, Ducks in the Millpond, Early in the Morning, Echoes (bordun exploration), Engine Engine No. 9, The Farmer in the Dell, Five Little Snowmen, Flower Song, Fooba Wooba John, The Frogs, The Ghost of Tom, Going Down to Cairo, Gonna Sing a Song, So Round the Mountain, Go to Bed Tom, Grand Old Duke of York, Grannie Caught a Flea, Grinding Corn, Growing

H - L: Hey Ho Anybody Home, Hickory Dickory Dock, Higglety Pigglety Pop, Hill an' Gully Rider, Hineh Ma Tov, Hop Old Squirrel, Hop Up and Jump Up, Hop Up My Ladies, How Many Miles to Babylon?, How Long Watchman?, I Have a Little Sister, I Heard the Angels Singing, I Like Coffee, Icky Bicky Soda Cracker, I'll Sing You a Song, In and Out, It Rained a Mist, Jack and Jill, Johnny Works with One Hammer, Juan Piruelo, Jubilate Deo, Jump or Jiggle, La Cucaracha, Lady Come Down, Laughing, Leaves, Line Dance Tune, Listen to the Drums, Little Boy Blue, Little Drops of Water, Little Wheel, London Bridge

M - O: Mama Paquita, Mary Wore a Red Dress, Merry Minstrels, Mr. East Gave a Feast, Mr. Rabbit, Monkey See Monkey Do, Moon Magic, My Horses Ain't Hungry, The North Wind, Norwegian Dance (Grieg), No Tune Calliope, Now Let Me Fly, Now the Day Is Over, Now You Walk, O Belinda, Oh Let Me Shine!, Oh Music Sweet Music, Old Dan Tucker, Old House, Old King Glory, Old Man Daisy, Old Mother Brown, Old Mother Witch, An Old Old Shack, Old Roger Is Dead, The Old Sow, Oliver Twist, One for the Money, One More River, One Potato Two Potato Three Potato Four, 1 2 3 4 Marching to the Schoolhouse Door, 1 2 3 Johnny Caught a Flea, 1 2 3 O'Leary, One Two Three Partner, On Springfield Mountain, On Top of Old Smokey, Over in the Meadow

P - S: Pat-a-Cake, Pease Porridge, Perry Merry Dictum Dominee, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Piping Hot , The Poor and the Rich, Puppets, Rain on the Green Grass, Riding in a buggy, Rig-a-Jig-Jig, Rise Up O Flame, Rondo (Mozart), Rooms for Rent, Round and Round, Row Your Boat, Run Children Run, Sally Go Round, Sambalele, Santa Maloney, Scarborough Fair, Scherzo, Scotland's Burning, Shoo Fly, Signs of Spring, Sing a Song of Sixpence, Sioux Lullaby, Some Love Coffee, The Squirrel, Susie's Galoshes, Swan Swum over the Sea, Swapping Song, Sweetheart Out A-Hunting, Swing a Lady

T - Z: There Was an Old Woman, This Little Light of Mine, This Old Hammer, This Old Man, Three Blind Mice, Timbre Poems, To Stop the Train, Train Sounds, Twinkle Twinkle LIttle Star, Two Little Sausages, The Wabash Cannon Ball, Walk in the Parlor, Walk Straight Ahead, Watch My Feet, We Are Giants, Weather, Weather Report, Wee Willie Winkie, We're Going on a Field Trip, What a Goodly Thing, When I First Came to this Land, White Sands, Who Built the Ark?, Who Has Seen the Wind?, Willowbee, The Wind Blew Low, Winter Goodbye, Winter Song, Yankee Doodle, Yoo Hoo, Zum Gali.


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I'm working on songs from Virginia with my fourth grade students and this book had specific titles I needed.
Julie J on Mar 13, 2012
I'm working on songs from Virginia with my fourth grade students and this book had specific titles I needed.
Julie J on Mar 13, 2012
what is a moving bordun?
A shopper on Apr 1, 2012
BEST ANSWER: A moving bordum is played on a bass metallophone or bass xylophone. I have used these also using a bass metallophone/xylophone and an alto metallophone and/or alto xylophone.

ex: low C and G on the bass in half notes (2 4 time or 4 4 time) then the same chord on the upper C and G ( half notes) or on the alto instrument while the low instrument rests or does not play. The instruments take turns in alternating half note patterns - one then the other.

I am sure there at other Orff-Schulwerk teachers who can give you a better answer or example.

Hope this helps!



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