Published: 14-09-2011, 23:26

Orff Method - American Education

A method of beginning music and instrumental instruction based on paralleling the evolution of music itself at the beginning of history, that is, by studying the development of rhythm, followed by development of melody, followed by development of harmony. Invented by German composer and music educator Carl Orff, initial instruction consists of clapping, echo clapping, patting the knees, foot tapping, finger snapping, chanting and other body movements that allow children to experience and thus learn rhythm. Children are then introduced to instruments, which they learn to play in unison to allow them to hear their own errors. Widely used throughout the United States, the technique is designed to use young children’s instinctive musicality to speed them through the elemental (and usually, for them, the most boring) aspects of music instruction.