What is Orff? Music plays an important role in part of your child’s complete education! Greenwood’s curriculum is supported with an approach to learning known as Orff Schulwerk. Orff is based on the ideas of learning through music and movement. In our music class students are engaged in creativity, study collaboration and communication, and use critical thinking skills.
We start each class by doing a movement activity accompanied by drums, recordings, or student work. Then students will learn a song through singing. Songs could be folk traditions, world music, singing games and play-parties, or current tunes. Once they have learned how to sing the song we can implement what they've learned onto an instrument. We use xylophones (we now have one for each student in a class! Thank you PTCO!!!), recorders, drums, unpitched percussion, and our own bodies! Students explore several mediums including singing, playing, movement, and the use of music technology.
Students leave Greenwood with a plethora of musical knowledge including note reading, singing in new languages, performance experience, composition, and music appreciation. My goal as an educator is to encourage critical thinking, a desire for further involvement in the arts, and building a foundation for the life long music consumer.