Carl Orff developed a system of Music Education that incorporated movement, singing voices and, the use of small percussion instruments, and barred instrument, with removable bars.
born Munich, 10 July 1895; died there, 29 March 1982).
He studied at the Munich Academy and later, in 1920, with Kaminski. In 1924, with Dorothee Günther, he founded a school for gymnastics, music and dance, and out of this came his later activity in providing materials for young children to make music, using their voices and simple percussion instruments. His adult works also seek to make contact with primitive kinds of musical behaviour, as represented by ostinato, pulsation and direct vocal expression of emotion; in this he was influenced by Stravinsky. All his major works, including the phenomenally successful Carmina burana (1937), were designed as pageants for the stage; they include several versions of Greek tragedies and Bavarian comedies.
We use all sizes of Orff instruments. Soprano (small) sized to the Contra Bass bars sized(large) are in both music rooms. The Xylophones are made of wooden bars and the Metallophones are made of metal bars.
Small percussion instruments are also a part of our classroom instrumentarium.
Cymbals Maracas Tambourines Triangles