Join NJPAC Arts Education Teaching Artists Lara Gonzalez, Yael Shacham and Victor Burks as they explore the elements of music and movement using Orff Schulwerk, a multi-faceted pedagogy that focuses on essential elements of music, dance, art, and drama. The Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach, is a developmental approach used in music education. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child’s world of play. It was developed by the German composer Carl Orff and colleague Gunild Keetman in 1920.
Orff fosters creativity, conveying musical knowledge, and cultivating musicianship through speech, singing, movement, body percussion, improvisation, and the playing of pitched (Orff xylophones, metallophones, recorders) and unpitched (drums, shakers, bells) instruments. NJPAC Teaching Artists will explore, create, improvise, and compose using this vast array of media to reach learners of all ages and abilities. Orff is perfect for all ages learning to become a musician.
Please enjoy the videos below:
Lara Gonzalez Intro to Music and Dance Orff
NJPAC Teaching Artist Lara Gonzalez teaches the C-note with xylophone and mallet. For all ages!
Yael Shacham Rhythm Using a Rhyme Orff
NJPAC Teaching Artist Yael Shacham teaches how you can learn rhythm with a song! For all ages!
Yael Shacham Steady Beat & Tempo Orff
NJPAC Teaching Artist Yael Shacham teaches tempo and how to create a steady beat. For all Grades.
Yael Shacham Instruments Orff
NJPAC Teaching Artist Yael Shacham creates instruments with things found around the house.
Victor Burks Who Needs Donuts? & Learn Orff Instruments
NJPAC Teaching Artist Victor Burks teaches fun songs inspired by “Who Needs Donuts?” by Mark Alan Stamaty. Also, you can learn more about Orff Instruments! For all ages!
Victor Burks Rhythmic Exercises Orff
NJPAC Teaching Artist Victor Burks teaches steady beats and other rhythmic exercises. For all ages!
Victor Burks Body Rhythms Orff
NJPAC Teaching Artist Victor Burks teaches rhythm using a variety of claps.
Orff in Your Community Activity Sheet
Take what you’ve learned in the above videos and have fun with matching instruments, dance with your loved ones and more.
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