My last post was about Orff-Schulwerk and my training. I enjoyed two weeks with other music teachers learning more about how to create arrangements for Orff instruments. This past week I implemented what I learned as I led an Orffestrations camp for children. This class met for 2 hours each day at Berry College, and included 11 children, ages 7 - 10.
Most of these children have prior music experience: Kindermusik, piano or children's choir at church. We had a wonderful time making music together. The children enjoyed being together, singing, moving, playing instruments, and were eager to do their best each day. As I pondered our accomplishments during the week I came up with the following:
1. cooperation - working together is an important part of making music & a life skill.
2. listening & critiquing - was it too loud? did we hear the singing? was it expressive? did we maintain a steady beat? what did we like?
3. time & space - as we moved through the room we had to be aware of our friends so that we did not bump. The same concept is needed in the grocery aisle with a buggy!
4. identifying patterns in music - rhythmic and melodic patterns were presented after singing, moving and playing them!
5. steady beat - pulse is most important!!
6. parts - the children were able to layer up to 3 parts. We did this in speech and playing instruments too. The children could play a part on their instrument and sing at the same time.
7. vocal expression - we always wanted to use an interesting voice, as if we were telling a story.
Here is a video that will allow you a glimpse of our class. I'll post another one later.