Ring, Dance Play
First Experiences with Choirchimes® and Orff Schulwerk
By Griff Gall and Paul Weller
Grades K – 5
Ring, Dance, Play bring together for the first time the versatility, playability, and tonality of the Malmark Choirchimes® with the revolutionary and engaging Orff Schulwerk pedagogy. This powerful combination will prove instrumental to any music educator looking for a fresh, new approach to engage their students. The book is a collection of ideas, songs, processes, and arrangements that the authors have found successful in their classrooms and rehearsals.
Lessons have been specifically created for grades K – 5 with an emphasis on developing overall music literacy through Orff Schulwerk’s full-body approach and child-centered way of learning. This resource integrates Choirchimes in innovative ways into an already established curriculum with pedagogical background and sequence.
By employing a “child’s world of play,” elemental music making is fun and easy. And since all concepts are learned by doing, Ring, Dance, Play will have your students ringing, dancing, and playing in no time.
Why This Text Is Needed
What is a Choirchime?
Basic Ringing Technique
History of Orff Schulwerk
Philosophy of Orff Schulwerk
An Introduction to the Orff Approach
General Applications for Choirchimes
Rhythmic Building Blocks
Melodic Transfer to Choirchimes
Primary (K – 1)
John the Rabbit
Down by the Station
Improvisation with Sol-Mi on Choirchimes
Here We Sit
Intermediate (2 -3)
One, Two, Tie My Shoe
Let Us Chase the Squirrel
I See the Moon
Canon 1 (from Music for Children, Volume I)
Ding Dong Digga-Digga Dong (from Music for Children, Volume I)
Upper Elementary (4 – 5)
Recorders and Choirchimes
Andante for Recorders
Tranquillo (from Music for Children, Volume I)
Allegro (from Spielbuch fur Xylophon I)
Resources and Suggested Reading
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