Ring, Dance, Play


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Ring, Dance Play
First Experiences with Choirchimes® and Orff Schulwerk
By Griff Gall and Paul Weller
Spiral-bound book
122 pages
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
Instrument Considerations
What is a Choirchime?
Choirchime maintenance
Basic Ringing Technique

Orff Schulwerk
History of Orff Schulwerk
Philosophy of Orff Schulwerk
An Introduction to the Orff Approach

General Applications for Choirchimes
Imitation lessons
Speech Exercises
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
Fruit Basket
Rocky Mountain
Pease Porridge
Let Us Chase the Squirrel
Half-Note Lesson
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)
Paw-Paw Patch
Alabama Gal
Recorders and Choirchimes
Andante for Recorders
Scotland’s Burning
Recorder Rondo
Tranquillo (from Music for Children, Volume I)
Allegro (from Spielbuch fur Xylophon I)

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