Let the Children Be Their Own Composers:
Movement as a basis for musical composition
This famous quote by Carl Orff expressed his philosophy that children should be allowed to create music and dance at their own level, inspired by their imaginations. Learning should be pleasurable, filled with joy and excitement. In this workshop, we will explore ways to facilitate improvisation and composition using the Orff media of speaking, singing, playing, and dancing. With today’s talk of 21st Century Skills, there is no better way to get children thinking critically, collaborating, communicating, and creating than through movement and music, using the Orff-Schulwerk process. We will explore ways to make this a reality, beginning with their earliest experiences. Explore the intertwining nature of music and dance through stories, rhymes, and poetry. New concepts are learned more deeply and effectively when the students have a chance to play and create with them. Help your students apply what they have learned in music class by accompanying their movements using their voices and other instruments. Students are much more invested in music class when they have creative input. Learn ways to make this possibility become reality!
Joshua Block is in his 20th year teaching music and movement at public and private schools. He currently teaches Pre-K through eighth grade music at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix. Joshua is a Past President of AZ Orff and teaches movement classes for Orff-Schulwerk certification courses in Arizona, New Mexico, and San Diego. He has also completed his Kodály certification and is a Past President of Arizona Kodály Teachers Society. He is a past member of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association Board of Trustees and has presented sessions at the AOSA National Conference. He is a frequent presenter at Orff Chapters around the country and has presented for the Chinese Orff-Schulwerk Association in Chengdu, Sichuan. Joshua has articles published in Reverberations and the Orff Echo. He is director of the Cadet Choir for the Phoenix Boys Choir and teaches private piano and voice lessons.