What is Orff Schulwerk?
Small Orff Ensemble ready to play


This is the motto of Orff-Schulwerk Education, an active approach to music making used around the world.


Carl Orff was a German composer who is probably best known for his work, Carmina Burana.  He also cared deeply about music education and his ideas include placing high value on children's ideas and the music they compose.
Orff Schulwerk is a student-centered approach to music education which fosters student's creativity and independent musicianship.   Students sing, dance and play with music to develop musical competence and understanding.   The teaching process centers on active-music making.

    Orff developed an collection of barred instruments (xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels) that are easily played by children; these are known as the Orff instrumentarium.   Less known, but equally important, is that Orff saw music, theater and dance as inter-related arts.

Find out more about Orff Schulwerk here.