Orff Schulwerk Today


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Orff Schulwerk Today
Nurturing Musical Expression and Understanding
By Jane Frazee  
Book and CD
256 pages

Almost a half-century of significant pedagogical contributions have propelled Orff Schulwerk to prominence on the North American music education landscape. Orff Schulwerk Today celebrates this playful, child-centered, participatory approach and offers a fresh synthesis of doing and understanding that encourages students to express themselves in - and realize themselves through - music.

Seven Orff Schulwerk master teachers share their classroom expertise and insights, enriching the text. Collections of American songs and rhymes augment materials from the Orff/Keetman volumes and supplements to address music and movement objectives. More than 100 lesson suggestions highlight musical elements and encourage self-expression.

A CD of listening examples from a variety of historical periods and cultural contexts enhances the book.


I. Your Heritage
       1. Setting - Orff in the New World: Mid-20th century reform in American music education
II. Your Approach
       2. Context - The Orff Classroom: A place of student discovery about music and about themselves
       3. Materials - Stimulating the imagination with quality resources
III. Your Work
     Knowing How: From Discovery to Mastery
     Prelude: Nurturing skills
       4. Speaking
       5. Singing
       6. Moving
       7. Playing Instruments
       8. Playing Recorder
       9. Reading and Writing
     Knowing About: Skills in the Service of Understanding
     Prelude: Nurturing understanding by linking skills to elements
       10. Musical Elements in Orff Practice
       11. Melody
       12. Rhythm
       13. Texture
       14. Structure
       15. Color
       16. Real World Applications
IV. Your Commitment
       17. Outcomes - How do you know what they know?
V.  Your Rewards
       18. Professional Fulfillment - Advancing aesthetic responses in the young


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