This collection of instrumental pieces for Orff ensembles by Shirley McRae focuses on pieces for technique building and/or performance. The book contains chapters on unpitched percussion, mallet technique (on barred pitched instruments), featuring families (each group of barred mallet instruments), and mixed barred instruments. Of the 44 pieces, many have lyrics, games, recorder descants, piano accompaniments, rondos, improvisation, performance hints and/or suggested forms.
For elementary to middle school (grades 2 and up).
Chapter 1: Unpitched Percussion 3 Hand and Drum Canons; Drum Fun; Drums Plus; Barber Barber; Peter Peter; Rondo Improv; Rondo Primo; Rondo A La Tutti; Percussion Parade; Tom Tom; Drum Rap; Two's Company
Chapter 2: Mallet Technique Third Time a Round; Better Late; Homage to Dr. Seuss; Double Barrelled Canon; Right Hand Workout; C Scale Rondo; Zero to 60 in 6 Measures; See Saw; The Shadow; Try a Triad; Turn About's Fair Play; Come Again?
Chapter 3: Featuring Families Papageno's Bell Song; Carol On!; Pentatune; The Woman in the Moon; Light Metal March; Papa Haydn's Music Box; Marionettes; Split Personality; Christmas Eve At Macy's; 8:00 A.M. On The Turnpike
Chapter 4: Mixed Barred Instruments Revolving Door; D Let's Do Dorian; Get to the Store Before It Closes; I'm Whistling as Fast as I Can; Melody Macabre; Rondorama; Meter Mixer; Merry Go Round; Forth and Back; Chopsticks