Way Down South – Orff – Music Philosophy

| September 30, 2012 | 5 Comments

Orff is a music philosophy many elementary music specialists use in their classroom.

Carl Orff developed a music school in Germanymany years ago for young girls. In the school of music the girls were taught to create their own music and movements. Since his school developed other music teachers took his ideas and brought them into the elementary music room.

Deutsch: Portrait Carl Orff Radierung und gesc...

Deutsch: Portrait Carl Orff Radierung und geschabte Aquatinta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The philosophy process encompasses body playing (clapping, snapping, patting, stamping, etc.), instrumental playing (non-pitched and pitched instruments), and body movement (similar to free dance).

A musical process – the Orff way

A good example of a process would be the poem I used this last week in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.

Way down south where bananas grow

A grasshopper stepped on an elephants toe.

The elephant cried with tears in his eyes,

Pick on somebody your own size.

Internalize by using the body the Orff way

The students read the poem a couple of times with me while I played the big beat on a drum. The big beat is on the underlined words.

After the students learned the poem I had them step on the big beat with their feet and move their upper bodies in different levels with the beat. (It created a nice movement)

By moving to the beat it helps the students learn to internalize the feel for where it comes.

When the big beat has been firmly established it is time to establish the rhythm of the poem.

The rhythm coincides with the words of the poem. I read the first line and clap each syllable then have the class echo back. That is done for each line.

The four lines are put together now, reading the poem and clapping each syllable.

Now, we clap the poem and say the words in our heads. (During this time I am playing the big beat on the drum to keep everything focused)

The process of using instruments – The Orff way

When the words in orange are spoken a triangle is played. I demonstrated how to hold and strike the triangle first. I passed out three triangles.

The vibra slap was used on the green words.

While the triangle and vibra slap was being used the rest of the class clapped the syllables of the poem.

After the saying of the poem the instruments were passed on to others and we did it again until the everyone had an opportunity to play.

We used the claves for the syllables on the first two lines of the poem.

Tamborines were used for the last two lines of the poem.

Everything was put together.

Once the instruments were secure the words were removed and said in the head. All that was heard were the instruments.

The children who were not playing an instrument had the opportunity to do the dance movement, by moving only on the big beat with their bodies.

The process was simple and the students felt very successful by the time we were finished.

After a few more times of working poetry this way in the class my goal is for the students to get in groups and create their own version of playing together.

National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills

National Poetry Month Display @ Forest Hills (Photo credit: mySAPL)

The word I am looking for is improvisation. I would love my students to feel comfortable with that process.

All in all, it was fun and very fun to watch the process develop and turn out the way it did.

Have a wonderful day.

Orff – a fun way to teach and learn.

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