Montessori-Orff Music

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



Elemental music is for everyone. Based on primal musical instincts, rhythm emerges from natural speech patterns; walking and exploration of movement qualities lead to dancing; and the universal two-tone childhood call grows into singing. The improvisational nature of elemental movement and music gives a voice to every participant. Stories, proverbs, rhymes, play, and singing games offer entry points for social-emotional expression and trauma release. Multiple learning modalities provide access and add depth to Montessori content. The pedagogy develops an embodied cognition that can accommodate different abilities and adapt to cultural diversity.I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It's easy.



Level 1 training develops fundamental skills in all modalities and establishes the process of transferring small units to other forms of expression. Musical concepts are experienced through echo-imitation, question and answer games, and call and response. Classroom management, social-emotional support, and other resources from the lesson manual are  introduced.

Level 2 moves from simplicity toward complexity through multi-layered forms of ostinato and canon. Small compositions evolve from guided improvisation in rhythm, melody, movement, and instrumental play. In reflective collaboration, Montessori subjects are creatively explored, with artistic choices clearly articulated using Laban’s international movement and dance vocabulary.


Training is offered in two formats, Whole School In-Service for staff development and Open Enrollment. For a professional development course at your school, please contact Inga Sieminski in the Contact box below. Open Enrollment workshops, hosted by a school for the wider community, are listed as Upcoming Courses, when available, for online registration. Workshops can be scheduled as an all-day event or in two consecutive 4-hour sessions. Level 1 is also available online (synchronous) in two half-day modules. For any further question, please email Inga Sieminski.

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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