What is Montessori-Orff Music?


Orff pedagogy joins Montessori’s consideration for each child’s specific needs through a multi-sensory approach: visual, auditory, tactile, bodily/kinesthetic, and vestibular. Children choose from various forms of musical expression through interactive modeling, guided exploration, and improvisation. Their active music-making opens many possibilities for interaction with each other and elicits social adjustments in a playful manner. While the doors for boundless imagination and experimentation are wide open, the framework of musical rules sets natural boundaries and provides stability. In its primal approach, elemental music is also universal. It is a basis from which to explore musical traditions in one’s own culture.


  • Confidence in developing skills and practicing music in the classroom;

  • Natural pathways for deepening body awareness to express and process emotion;

  • Strategies for building trusting social interaction and learning communities;

  • Incremental lessons that align with and support Montessori learning objectives;

  • Multisensory activities augmenting observation and assessment tools;

  • A methodology with inherently neurological benefits for self-regulation and concentration.


“This built my confidence with the bells … the simple step-by-step build-up of skills ... it felt very doable.” (Wisconsin, US)


“I see many potential applications in this workshop, from 0-3, 3-6, elementary and adolescence! I love the idea that music is for EVERYONE and not only for specialized musicians,” (California, US)


“Using the body as an instrument … no need to buy expensive instruments… Thank you for this wonderful gift!” (Nevada, US)


”The structured album and trying each of the musical concepts provided the confidence to implement in the classroom.” (Virginia, US)


“I can see how this would help children who struggle with language.” (Illinois, US)

“The benefits involve nearly every aspects of the classroom.” (California, US)