Orff Approach Lesson Outline

13 04 2014

The following links are for information on Carl Orff and then a Word document on the outline for my research on the Orff Approach

  1. Has video examples and back ground on Orff Schulwerk
    1. http://aosa.org/about/what-is-orff-schulwerk/
  2. Background info on Orff
    1. http://aosa.org/about/more-on-orff-schulwerk/
  3. General info on Orff
    1. http://www.classicsforkids.com/teachers/training/orff101.asp
  4. Information on Orff Instruments
    1. http://www.classicsforkids.com/teachers/training/orffinstruments.asp


The following link is the outline: OrffOutline


Sing: Polly the Parrot

31 03 2014

The book that I chose was “The No-Good Do-Good Pirates” by Jim Kraft. Just like most pirate stories, there is a parrot that is associated with the pirates. Because of this, I decided to compose a song about a macaw parrot, because it tends to be the most popular breed of parrots. There are some nonsensical characteristics described in the song, such as Polly eating pizza. This is meant to relate back to the book and make the song comical.

Polly the Parrot


31 03 2014

In this lesson, I would have the students listen to “Up is Down” from The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End¬†soundtrack. While they are listening to this piece, I would have them writing or drawing in their listening journals of how the music makes them feel. Once they are all finished, I would play the song again for them, but this time I would show them the actual scene from the movie to help illustrate how the music corresponds with it.


Roundabout Recorder

26 02 2014

After learning the notes G, A, B, C, D, and F#, the students will play Roundabout on Recorder, demonstrating their knowledge of these notes.

Roundabout, as its name suggests, is meant to be played in a round. The first group will start, then the next group will come in on the next measure and so on. You can have them repeat back to the beginning if wish.

The sole purpose of this tune is to learn the notes, learn how to play in a round, and how to play chords and not the same note as your neighbor all the time. The byproduct of this tune is that it is intended to train their ears to hear different chords and develop a sense of tonality. However, it is NOT intended to explain or teach them the significance or functionality of chords or tonality, it is only intended to begin to train their ears.


BoomWhackers: I Gotta Feeling

19 02 2014

I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas

This song is in the key of G and has a simple, repeating chord progression (I, IV, vi, IV)

The notes needed are G, B, C, D, and E.


Rhythm Objective

14 02 2014


The students will repeat some of the phrases spoken by the parrot and pirates in a parrot voice or pirate accent in unison.

In this activity, we will read “The No-Good Do-Good Pirates” by Jim Kraft. When the parrot speaks in the book, I will speak it in a parrot voice and point to the parrot picture on the slide, and then have the class repeat the phrase in their own parrot voice. In certain parts of the story, I will speak it in a pirate voice for emphasis, then point to the pirate picture on the slide and let the children talk in their own pirate voice. After we are done reading the book, then as we are moving on to the next task I will randomly point to one of the two pictures on the slide and the kids will start speaking with that voice/accent until we are ready for the next task.


7 02 2014

The students will sing and create a dance for the song “Portside Pirates.”

I will teach the children the song a verse at a time, and as we are learning the song I will allow the kids to make their own dance moves that correlate to the song. After the entire song is learned, then I would plan a day where their parents are able to come and watch them sing and dance.