What Students Learn
Using the Orff approach, students will learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form and other elements of music. Students learn these concepts by engaging in singing, dancing, movement, acting and playing instruments. Learning music through these concepts is the gateway for more creative expression, for improvisation and composing their own music.
Students will also be introduced to using their voice as an “instrument” and will learn the proper techniques of singing. Students will focus on tone, vocal dynamics, vocal resonation, diaphragmatic breathing, and performance.
How Students Learn
Students will learn music and basic theory by learning songs, using a variety of percussion instruments, voice lessons, and many hands on musical activities that encourage active learning.
How Learning is Measured
Learning will be measured by participation and engagement in the various activities, demonstrating a positive attitude and behavior in class, and basic understanding of the music concepts.
"Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play.” Carl Orff