Welcome to Music Class!

  • Sing, Say, Move, Play!

    In our Orff-Schulwerk inspired music class, we learn by singing, reciting, moving, and playing both games and instruments! 

    Our main foci are:

    • Perform
      • Singing
      • Playing
        • Orff instruments (ex. xylophones)
        • Recorders
        • Ukuleles
        • Percussion
      • Rhythmic speech
      • Moving/dancing
    • Creating
      • Improvising
      • Composing
      • Arranging
    • Responding to music we hear and make
      • Identify/describe/compare/contrast/evaluate use of musical elements
    • Connecting to music we hear and make
      • Identify/describe/compare/contrast how music connects with our memories, emotions, and experiences
      • Identify/describe/compare/contrast how music is used in different cultures, places, and time periods
    • Musical foundations
      • Elements of music (rhythm/duration, melody/pitch, form, instrumentaion/timbre, texture/harmony, dynamics & tempo) 
      • Notation: rhythm, solfege, traditional
      • Technology for notation, creation, and recording

    For a detailed scope and sequence which shows all grade-level standards and foundations, see the SPPS Scope and Sequence.

What is Orff Schulwerk?

  • In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms.

Upcoming events

TED-Ed

  • How Playing an Instrument Affects Your Brain