Carl Orff and Orff Schulwerk

Orff Schulwerk takes its name from Carl Orff, the Bavarian composer and educator who lived between 1895 and 1982.
As a composer, Carl Orff wrote extensively for the theatre, his most famous work is undoubtedly ‘Carmina Burana’ (1936).
As an educator, Carl Orff was dedicated to the development of an approach to Music, Dance and Speech Education that we know today as Orff Schulwerk.

Elemental music is never music alone but forms a unity with movement, dance and speech. It is music that one makes oneself, in which one takes part not as a listener but as a participant.Carl Orff Institute

Orff Schulwerk is a creative, multi-disciplinary approach to Music, Dance and Speech Education. Drama, visual arts and other expressive art forms are also incorporated within the approach.

Our singing voices and percussive bodies are our principal musical instruments. The Orff Orchestra complements the voice and the percussive body by adding a rich palette of sound from bass to soprano xylophones, metalophones and glockenspiels. The Role of the Teacher Orff Schulwerk teachers believe in supporting the development of the whole person through engagement and interaction with music, dance, speech and expressive art forms. Orff Schulwerk teachers strive to devise and deliver creative, multi-disciplinary activities that will support the holistic development and artistic fulfilment of every learner. Orff Schulwerk teachers believe in creating safe platforms for people to explore and engage, to communicate and connect through artistic activity.

The Orff Orchestra

Music for Children

In the 1950s, Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman produced 5 volumes of books entitled ‘Music for Children’. These volumes are collections of texts, songs and instrumental works that the teacher can use as starting points and as sources of inspiration.


The Role of the Teacher

Orff Schulwerk teachers believe in supporting the development of the whole person through engagement and interaction with music, dance, speech and expressive art forms. Orff Schulwerk teachers strive to devise and deliver creative, multi-disciplinary activities that will support the holistic development and artistic fulfilment of every learner. Orff Schulwerk teachers believe in creating safe platforms for people to explore and engage, to communicate and connect through artistic activity.


Caroline McCluskey

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Caroline has a postgraduate in Advanced Studies in Music and Dance Education – Orff Schulwerk at the Carl Orff Institute for Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy, University Mozarteum Salzburg.
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