Juan Osorio is starting an Orff ensemble
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Juan Osorio is starting an Orff ensemble

New academic year… New and exciting music project for students in grade 4 and 5! Music teacher Juan Osorio will launch an Orff ensemble for this age group. In this article he explains what an Orff ensemble is.

By Juan Osorio, music teacher, pictures Stony Brook University and School Capers

The Music department has been working on extending the music ensemble experiences for PYP students. Until now, grade 4 and 5 students were able to take part in the well-known and successful Choir and Orchestra, but from next year, we will include an Orff ensemble. Music teacher Juan Osorio will start building an awesome group of performers and musicians.

Most of you will wonder what an Orff ensemble is about, right? Let me explain this briefly to you.

Percussion instruments

The Orff approach, which was developed by the German composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman during the 1920s, is a way of introducing and teaching children about music on a level that they can easily comprehend. Musical concepts are learned through activities children enjoy, such as singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama, and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition, and a child’s natural sense of play are encouraged.

Creative musicianship

Playing Orff instruments provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to explore creative musicianship. Pitched mallet percussion instruments used in the Orff Ensemble include xylophones (soprano, alto, bass), metallophones (soprano, alto, bass), and glockenspiels (soprano and alto). The use of non-pitched percussion instruments are categorized into three families including wood, metal, and skins. Typical instruments used in the Orff class include castanets, maracas, woodblocks, triangles, tambourines, gongs, bongos, conga drums, and hand drums.

Students in grade 4 and 5 will be asked to express their interest in July and again at the beginning of the next academic year. We are all really looking forward to starting this new project next year.