Orff - Creative Music and
Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk
by Christoph Maubach
The Orff approach to music education, or
Orff Schulwerk (meaning music for schools or groups of children), was
developed by the German composer Carl Orff (1895 - 1982) and his
collaborator, Gunild Keetman (1904 - 1991)
Orff Schulwerk fosters a wholistic approach
to music eduation. It integrates singing, speech, movement, fold dance,
tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments to develop creative music making.
Improvisation is a fundamental part of the
process. The principles of creating, making and presenting are developed
creatively, using imitation, echo, ostinato and canon. It is an approach to
which all may contribute and experience success. The social value of group
music making is reinforced in this approach, as is the importance of
individual creative contributions.