"Tell me, I forget; Show me, I remember; Involve me,
What is the Orff approach?
Here at Amador School of Music, we teach using a method called the Orff approach. Our instructor, Emily Tessmer, is Orff certified and loves teaching children with this method because of its ability to engage students and dazzle audiences. Orff is an approach developed by German composer Carl Orff.
This method is the spontaneous play of young children in which imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally and unconsciously. In the Orff approach, aspects of play are developed consciously to involve learners with the elements of music and movement.
Children learn about and interact with the world in a holistic way; educational experiences that replicate this learning style provide natural, optimal learning. Children’s play serves as the prototype—speech, song, movement, dramatic situations, and often instrumental play as well, join and overlap as appropriate. The Orff approach maintains the concept of integration, combining music, movement/dance, speech, and drama as natural extensions of each other. The process of integration complements the development of skills in each area, stimulates creative imagination, and offers an opportunity for individual strengths to be used and recognized. Integration of these areas results in a unique, elemental synthesis of the performing arts.