Orff Music Studio

The Crescendo Academy Orff Music Studio

Instructor: Marcia Working

Musical skills are developed using movement, voice, drumming and instrument ensembles.

The Crescendo Academy Orff Music Studio provides group music lessons to students ages 5 to 12. Students have the opportunity to experience and learn music through movement, instrument ensembles and voice. The goal is to develop fundamental musicianship by experiencing pulse, rhythm, melody, harmony, form and timbre. These skills allow students the freedom to express one’s own musical ideas as well as others.

What is Orff? Orff Schulwerk is a philosophy of music education developed by the Bavarian composer, Carl Orff and his colleague, Gunild Keetman in 1920. The philosophy is based on things children do naturally—sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance and keep a beat on anything close at hand. Improvisation is emphasized as fostering student creativity is essential. Lessons are designed to give students the opportunity to explore a concept, cultivate it, and create with it. Students will use classroom instruments such as xylophones, glockenspiels, drums, other unpitched percussion as well as body percussion and voice. Older students will use recorders as well. Music literacy develops as students experience concepts in sequenced manner, in a non-competitive environment. You can see more here.

Listen to an interview from WMUK with instructor Marcia working here.

Orff Studio was featured on Kalamazoo Lively Arts (by GVSU/PBS). You can watch the video here.

Students taking a class at the Orff Music Studio will experience:  Listening Skills Development, Singing, Movement / Dance, Beat / Rhythm / Melodic Studies, Improvisation, Note Reading, Body Percussion, Ensemble Playing (using classroom instruments), Poems / Rhymes / Stories

Students will be grouped by grade level depending on the number of students in a class.

Class Days and Times:
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm for ages 5 to 7
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm for ages 8 to 12

The cost for the 9 week sessions is $180 (siblings are $140)

Winter 2018-2019 class dates:  12/5, 12/12, 12/19; 1/16, 1/23, 1/30; 2/6, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6
Spring 2018 class dates:  3/20 – 5/22 (no class on 4/3 for spring break)


To register, contact the office or go here.

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