Montessori-Orff Music

Sing, Say, Dance and Play ... in our classroom!



Montessori-Orff Music is a child-centered approach where every learner is actively involved in the creative process. It begins with the child’s own instrument, body and voice. Emerging from primal musical instincts, rhythm develops from natural speech patterns and transfers to body percussion, movement and percussion instruments.  Singing starts with the universal two-tone childhood call and expands to playful singing games. The multi-sensory character of elemental music offers natural pathways for emotional expression and social interaction. 



The Level 1 training course provides fundamental music skills for implementing quality music in the classroom. Simple examples in speech, rhymes, stories, songs, and play demonstrate the core principles and strategies of elemental music and movement. They serve as the pedagogical framework for all age groups, content, languages, and cultures.  In level 2, skills and expressive media progress organically from simplicity toward complexity.  Lesson manuals for each level are formatted like Montessori albums and provided to each participant.


Every 8-hour course level is offered in two formats, Whole School In-Service and Open Enrollment. Whole School In-Service is designed for professional staff development at an individual school. Courses can be scheduled on-site/in-person as all-day sessions or consecutive 4-hour sessions. Level 1 is also available in an online/virtual format with two 4-hour sessions.  For inquiries and scheduling please go here or contact Inga Sieminski at Open Enrollment workshops with online registration are listed here when available.

Inga Sieminski

               International courses and workshops emerged from Inga’s 35-year experience of integrating Orff’s elemental music and movement in all her classrooms. She credits this primal approach to social-emotional learning for the transforming impact on adults and children. Her training courses and 230-page lesson manual, Montessori and Orff’s Elemental Music: Pathways to Universal Musicianship, are designed to make this program accessible to her Montessori colleagues.

                Holding the 3-level certification in Orff pedagogy, in addition to Montessori primary and elementary diplomas, Inga founded a land-based primary Montessori program in Maryland and later served as elementary Guide and Director of Education in Montessori schools in the DC metro area. As Arts Integration Coordinator for DC Public Schools, she collaborated with under-served school communities to train and side-coach staff in adaptive lesson planning. Her volunteer service at organizations in support of pre-school through high school education includes National Society of Arts and Letters, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Montessori Association, and Washington Montessori Institute.


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