What is an Orff class?

"Tell me, I forget…show me, I remember…Involve me, I understand." Carl Orff

Carl Orff (1895-1982) was a German composer and educator who developed a unique approach to music education. Orff defined the ideal music for children as "never alone, but connected with movement, dance, and speech—not to be listened to, meaningful only in active participation." Orff said, "Experience first, then intellectualize." Based on this ideal, the Orff approach builds understanding of concepts and skills through connecting students with the music by experiencing it on all levels. Orff approach is a holistic approach to music education. The Orff program is based on the philosophy that the gift for sound, rhythm, movement, problem-solving and creative expression is innate in each individual, and that each child is capable of artistic expression, reasoning, learning, and creating. It is a child-centered approach where music-making is experiential, non-competitive and performed in an atmosphere of fun, joy and discovery. Orff classes embrace all facets of creative music education and all concepts of music are taught through speech, stories and drama, body percussion, dance and creative movement, instrumental play, improvisation and composition.

Orff FUNdamentals for grades 1 to 3

Get ready for some FUN music making! This class will explore elements of music through improvisation, speech, stories and drama, and more.

This class meets twice a week for 50 minutes.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM.
June 11, 2013 through August 1, 2013
Tuition is $150 and due upon enrollment.

Orff FUNdamentals for grades 4 to 6

Build on your child's innate musical abilities and give them a gift that will last a lifetime! This class is the perfect foundation for private music lessons. Did we mention that it's fun?

This class meets twice a week for 50 minutes.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM.
June 11, 2013 through August 1, 2013
Tuition is $150 and due upon enrollment.