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WHAT IS ORFF-SCHULWERK?

“Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play.”

– Carl Orff

“Orff-Schulwerk” (Schoolwork), a well-known method of teaching music to children, was developed by German composer Carl Orff (1895-1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman.  The Orff approach combines movement, singing, speech, drama, and instrumental playing to teach musical concepts informally through a child’s natural sense of play.  The blending of these components contributes to the development of the child's cognitive, physical, social-emotional, musical and artistic development.  More process- than product-oriented, the Orff approach actively encourages and accepts the children's contributions, creating life-long music lovers and creative problem solvers.

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