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Montessori-Orff Music

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



Montessori-Orff Music complements the developmental principles of Montessori pedagogy by integrating an embodied approach to making music. The elemental music style, uniting speech, rhythm, movement, dance, singing, and play, adds multisensory entry points and creates an equitable platform for diverse learners.


Emerging from primal musical instincts, similar to acquiring a native language or learning how to walk, skill levels adapt to individual abilities, and universal strategies naturally connect with other musical traditions and genres. The improvisational process of making music encourages personal expression within a culturally responsive learning community.



Level 1 provides a framework of fundamental skills: rhythm derives from natural speech patterns with transfer to body percussion and percussion instruments; walking modulations lead to creative movement and folk dance; singing progresses from the universal two-tone “childhood call” to singing games of one’s own and other cultures and languages. Classroom management, lesson planning, and social-emotional development are introduced from an original lesson manual. 

Level 2 builds on regular classroom practice and introduces multi-layered ostinato, guided improvisation, independent group work, and the Laban movement vocabulary. The goal is to  develop an embodied cognition of concepts in science, literature, visual arts, and other Montessori subjects.


Training is offered in two formats: Whole School In-Service for professional staff development and Open Enrollment. To schedule professional development at a specific site, please contact Inga Sieminski in the contact box below. Registration for Open Enrollment workshops are listed HERE, when they are offered to the general public in a wider community.


Training can be scheduled as an all-day course or in two 4-hour sessions. Level 1 is also available online (synchronous) in two half-day modules. For questions, please contact  Inga Sieminski.

Inga Sieminski

Without a degree in music, Inga came to Montessori with a 3-level certificate in Orff-Schulwerk from George Mason University, Virginia. Since then, she has complemented her classrooms with the playful and multisensory activities that music and movement on an elemental level offer. Inga continues to learn aspects of Orff Music Therapy, a derivative of Orff-Schulwerk, and marvels at their impact on equitable learning, social-emotional development, and embodied cognition. World-wide workshops, based on her lesson manual “Elemental Music and Movement in the Montessori Classroom,” are designed to make these primal an universal learning modalities accessible to all Montessori environments.


After completing primary Montessori training, Inga opened a land-based Montessori program on her family farm in Maryland. Fifteen years later, a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from American University, Washington DC, led to the position of Arts Integration Coordinator for DC Public Schools, where she participated in a pioneering project to bring multicultural programs to underserved learning communities. She later added her AMI Elementary diploma from Washington Montessori Institute, together with a M. Ed. at Loyola University Maryland, and worked as Montessori guide and administrator in the DC metropolitan area. Inga is certified in Coaches Training and the Developmental Environmental Rating Scale (DERS), both from National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS). She serves on the Executive Boards of Virginia Montessori Association (VMA) and Washington Montessori Institute (WMI).


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