This fall, I am starting a program of music classes targeted at home-schooled students. Lessons would include instruction in instrument playing (recorder, drums, xylophones), singing, movement. Everything you would expect, however, the Orff approach goes beyond rote learning to encourage other life skills like creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Classes are grouped into 10 week Sessions with a one-hour lesson each week. Three Sessions are planned for the 2014-2015 school year. It is hoped that the students will continue from Session One to Session Two and on to Session Three to complete the year. Each Session will have new material.
If you are not familiar with Orff-Schulwerk, you will be amazed by the 2-minute video prepared by the national Orff Association that shows children experiencing the joy of working together to make music. You can view the video at aosa.org.Click the play button in the lime green strip.
Initial plans are for grouping ages 6-8 and ages 9-12 into multi-aged classes.