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ABOUT MONTESSORI ORFF MUSIC

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What is Elemental Music?

Elemental music is as old as mankind. It emerged from primal instincts that have long motivated human beings to express themselves using their innate instruments – body and voice. The integrated approach - visual, auditory, tactile, bodily/kinesthetic, and vestibular – offers multiple possibilities for social-emotional interaction, which is explored and experienced in a naturally equitable and inclusive setting.

In the 1920’s, composer and music anthropologist Carl Orff received the gift of an African xylophone that later inspired the designs of Orff instruments. In the 1960’s, he learned from Prof. Komla Amoaku the West African traditions of keeping speech, music, dance, and song connected in a playful manner. Together with his colleague, Gunhild Keetman, Orff structured the principles of this learning process into a framework called Orff Schulwerk-Music for Children (“Schulwerk” being German for “school work”).

This holistic music-making has not only become part of education world-wide. Folk dances in many cultures and other musical genres - gospel, jazz, rock, hip-hop, reggae, salsa and more can be traced to strategies and skills of elemental music. The multi-sensory Orff pedagogy joins Montessori’s consideration for each child’s specific needs and autonomous learning process.

Take-aways

  • Skills for including daily music and movement in the classroom;

  • Pathways for culturally responsive learning;

  • Strategies that generate social interaction and emotional expression;

  • Model lessons in support of the Human Tendencies;

  • Additional tools for observation and assessment;

  • Activities with neurological benefits to self-regulation and concentration;

  • Discovery of one's own inherent musicality.

Testimonials

California, US

“I love the idea that music is for EVERYONE and not only for specialized musicians,”

Wisconsin, US

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

California, US

“The deep dive (what a refresher!) into the simple beats, combined, made a full body and mind and heart experience. And the mirror dance just gave me so much joy.”

Nevada, US

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

Virginia, US

”The structured album and trying each of the musical concepts provided the confidence to implement in the classroom.”

 Moscow, Russia

"Every lesson of the course is supporting the learning objectives within all the programs, as in Toddler, Casa Dei Bambini and Elementary. "

New Jersey, US

"Activities serve to develop executive functions in children who have receptive and expressive language delays, attention challenges, sensory processing issues, or autism spectrum disorder."

Akimbo Online Community

"Thinking of my son who has Down Syndrome.  Music is something that is completely woven into his being ... bypassing any intellectural shortcomings."

Regional Conference, Russia

"This is so Montessori!!! It should be in our teacher training"

California, US

“Beginning with our own bodies, our original instruments, helps the classroom feel grounded in an accessible way. This alone will be such a major impact on the students.”

Community-based writing workshop

"How incredibly supportive this would be in all classrooms for all children!"
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