Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions

Proceedings of the Symposium - Global Connections in Orff Schulwerk: Reflections from Kentucky

Editor: Cecilia Wang

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Assistant Editor: D. Gregory Springer 

Contributors: Carlos R. Abril, Judith W. Bond, Jay Broeker, Jane Frazee, Ana Lucía Frega, Lori F. Gooding, Cindy Hall, Kuo-Huang Han, Jo Ella Hug, Terri Brown Lenzo, K. Michelle Lewis, Nicola F. Mason, Kimberly McCord, Mary Shamrock, David W. Sogin, Robyn Staveley, Arvida Steen, Margaret Thong


How do we best promote music learning in the new century? In this remarkable book, twenty internationally recognized leaders of the Orff-Schulwerk approach to music education reflect on the past, take a critical look at the present, and set a vision for Orff Schulwerk in the twenty-first century.


Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions is divided into four sections. The first explores the state of Orff Schulwerk throughout the world: Europe, Latin America, Australia, South Africa, and in diverse communities in the United States. Section Two explores Orff Schulwerk in early childhood, the band room, teacher education, and current research. In Section Three, the authors look to the future, focusing on creativity with Orff Schulwerk, teaching children with special needs, jazz education, music of other cultures, and adapting future technologies. The critical fourth section features ten detailed, field-tested lesson plans, adapting the Orff-Schulwerk approach into a wide range of teaching situations. These lesson plans will inspire teachers to the wide range of creativity possible in the music classroom and serve as templates for teachers looking for fresh ideas and ways to fully explore the Orff- Schulwerk approach.


Orff Schulwerk: Reflections and Directions is intended for music teachers of all levels, including teacher trainers, teachers of children with special needs, and university professors and researchers. For those curious about Orff Schulwerk, or those who want to have a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching music—or are eager to explore innovative music teaching strategies—this book is essential.


Cecilia Chu Wang is Director of the Orff-Schulwerk Program and Professor of Music Education at the University of Kentucky.


D. Gregory Springer is Director of Music Education and Assistant Professor of Music at the Boise State University Department of Music.

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Categories: Motivational, Pedagogy, Skill Building

Number of Pages: 306

Language: English

Format: Hard Cover