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Who was Carl Orff?

Carl Orff (1895 – 1982) was a German composer who created an approach to music education that is now used around the world.  Between 1950 and 1954, Orff and his collegue, Gunild Keetman, wrote the five-volume Music for Children that is the basis of Orff program used by teachers today.

 

Orff viewed rhythm as the basic element inherent in music, dance, and speech and created 'one language' based on this common element. Improvisation and creation were at the center of his teaching. He used the voice as the first and most natural of instruments and made the ostinato (a repeated rhythmic, spoken or sung pattern) serve as the form-giving element in all improvisations. 

 

At the core of Carl Orff's work is a kind of musical expression that is able to speak to children without the loss of musical integrity. Therein lies its significance and its genius.

 

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Orff Ensemble meets on Tuesday mornings from 7:45 - 8:30 am.  

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