Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions


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Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions
Edited by Cecilia Wang
Hardcover Book
305 pages

How do we best promote music learning in the new century?

In this book, 20 internationally recognized leaders of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education reflect on the past, take a critical look at the present, and set a vision for Orff Schulwerk in the twenty-first century.

Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions is divided into four sections. The first explores the state of Orff Schulwerk throughout the world: Europe, Latin America, Australia, South Africa, and in diverse communities in the United States. Section Two explores Orff Schulwerk in early childhood, the band room, teacher education, and current research. In Section Three, the authors look to the future, focusing on creativity with Orff Schulwerk, teaching children with special needs, jazz education, music of other cultures, and adapting future technologies.

The critical fourth section features ten detailed, field-tested lesson plans, adapting the Orff-Schulwerk approach into a wide range of teaching situations. These lesson plans will inspire teachers to the wide range of creativity possible in the music classroom and serve as templates for teachers looking for fresh ideas and ways to fully explore the Orff- Schulwerk approach.

Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions is intended for music teachers of all levels, including teacher trainers, teachers of children with special needs, and university professors and researchers. For those curious about Orff Schulwerk, or those who want to have a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching music—or are eager to explore innovative music teaching strategies— this book is essential.



1.  Why Orff Schulwerk? – Cecilia Wang
2.  Critical Issues in Orff Schulwerk – Carlos R. Abril

Section One – Orff Schulwerk: A Global Perspective

3.  From the Old World to the New: Cultivating Orff’s Wildflower from Europe to the USA – Jane Frazee, USA
4.  Orff Schulwerk in Latin America: Diverse Experiences – Ana Lucía Frega, Argentina
5.  Orff Schulwerk in Australia – Robyn Staveley, Australia 
6.  South Africa: Developing Identity in a Pluralistic Community – Nicola F. Mason, South Africa
7.  At Home with Global Connections: Understanding Diversity in Our Schools – Arvida Steen, USA
8.  Thoughts about Orff Schulwerk and “Culture” in Today’s Classrooms – Mary Shamrock, USA

Section Two – Reflections

9.  Orff-Schulwerk Research: Where Are We? – Cecilia Wang and David Sogin
10. Research Study – Orff in Band: Research and Implementation – Nicola F. Mason and K. Michelle Lewis
11. Research Study – Music Education Philosophies and Practices of Early Childhood Educators – Terri Brown Lenzo
12. Orff Schulwerk in Undergraduate Music Education: Promise and Possibility – Judith W. Bond
13. Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education: Reflections and Directions for the Twenty-First Century – Cindy Hall and Jay Broeker


Section Three – Directions for the Twenty-First Century

14. Creative Thinking in Orff Schulwerk – D. Gregory Springer
15. Adapting Orff Techniques for Individuals with Special Needs – Lori F. Gooding
16. Jazz and Orff – Kimberly McCord
17. Balinese Gamelan Angklung Adapted for Orff Instruments – Han, Kuo-Huang
18. Neuroscience, Technology, and Music Education – Robyn Staveley


Lesson Plans for the Twenty-First-Century Classroom

Selected Resources for Orff Schulwerk
Lesson Plans

  1. Gumboot Dancing – Janice Evans, presented by Nicola Mason
  2. Hop, Old Squirrel – Lori F. Gooding
  3. Taiko and Technology, Part 1 – Cindy Hall
  4. Taiko and Technology, Part 2 – Cindy Hall
  5. Hold On – Jo Ella Hug
  6. Rum Tum Tugger – Jo Ella Hug
  7. Band Composition – K. Michelle Lewis
  8. My Favorite Music – Nicola F. Mason
  9. G Blues Improvisation – Kimberly McCord
  10. Cai Shen Dao – Orff Arrangement: Margaret Thong



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