Orff-Schulwerk takes its name from Carl Orff, the Bavarian composer and educator who lived between 1895 and 1982. As a composer, Carl Orff wrote extensively for the theatre, his most famous work is undoubtedly ‘Carmina Burana’ (1936). As an educator, Carl Orff was dedicated to the development of an approach to Music, Dance and Speech Education that we know today as Orff Schulwerk. Orff-Schulwerk is a creative, multidisciplinary approach to Music, Dance and Speech Education. Drama, visual arts and other expressive art forms are also incorporated within the approach.
Our singing voices and percussive bodies are our principal musical instruments. The Orff Orchestra complements the voice and the percussive body by adding a rich palette of sound from bass to soprano xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels.