- April 1, 2019
One of the ways in which UMS stands apart from other schools is by offering many additional opportunities for learning above and beyond our Montessori curriculum. Using the Orff Schulwerk Approach. Our music teachers Mrs. Keeler and Mrs. Kwo, combine music, movement and speech into classroom lessons.
The Orff Approach of music education uses rudimentary forms of everyday activities to help children create music. It is a “child-centred” musical education that treats basic musicality as self-learned through exposure. The Orff Approach is based on the premise that just as every child can learn language without formal lessons, every child can learn music with an open, gentle and friendly approach. Some instruments within the approach include miniature xylophones, marimbas, glockenspiels and metallophones. Orff teachers also use different sized drums, recorders and non-pitched percussion instruments. The Orff Approach also requires that children sing, chant, clap, dance, pat and snap fingers along to melodies and rhythms.
While participating in these classes, Casa students develop their knowledge and skills through listening, performing and creating. Students learn to identify various elements of music (i.e. beat, rhythm, pitch, etc.), accompany songs using rhythmic instruments and create rhythmic patterns. Senior Casa students also have the opportunity to enjoy After-School Orff classes and perform for their families.