Together in Harmony
Combining Orff Schulwerk and
Music Learning Theory
General music educators are always striving for ways to improve instruction and become better teachers. By combining the learn-by-doing approach of Orff Schulwerk with the sequencing of musical skills in Edwin E. Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, Diane M. Lange truly shows that these two visionary methods work Together in Harmony.
In the first three chapters, Lange covers the basics of Orff Schulwerk, Music Learning Theory, and how they can be coordinated for maximum learning. Chapter 4, the hands-on portion of the book, includes songs and activities that put these ideas into practice. Each activity includes information about suggested grade level, objectives, and instructions for harnessing both Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory.
When the ideas of Orff Schulwerk and Music Learning Theory are combined, each class becomes a musical adventure. These two approaches efficiently achieve the main goal of every music educator: to develop independent musicians who can intelligently communicate their musical ideas.
Diane Lange is Assistant Professor and Division Coordinator of Music Education at the University of Texas at Arlington where she oversees music education and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Childhood and Elementary Music Education. Lange has taught elementary music for ten years in both Michigan and Nevada. She received her Orff Levels and Master Class at the University of Memphis and GIML Levels I and II at Michigan State University.