Dynamite Quotations

Carl Orff Quotes:

"Elemental music is never just music. It is bound up with movement, dance and speech, and so it is a form of music in which one must participate, in which one is involved not as a listener but as a co-performer. "

"Experience first, then intellectualize."

This Chinese Proverb has been attributed to Carl Orff, but Jane Frazee has informed me that it is not his quotation!

Here is the very good Chinese proverb that Carl Orff did NOT coin: "Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand."

More Quotations

"Musical literacy, although a part of the whole process of musical development, is not the main objective in Orff-Schulwerk." -Brigitte Warner

"Elemental music is pattern-based music built on natural speech and body rhythms, familiar melodic patterns, and simple forms that can be learned, created, understood, and performed without extensive technical or theoretical musical training". -Nick Wild

(Speaking of Elemental Music)

 It is music stripped of intellectual complexities, closely related to speech and movement, and draws its inspirations from those human impulses that are common to all people.” Steven Calantropio, (Pieces & Processes, 2005)

"A trained Orff teacher can look at a piece of music, write an accompaniment, logically teach the instrument parts to every student, and ask the students to perform the piece at the conclusion of its instruction.-Diane Lange

I have never met a child that hated music, me maybe, but not music.-The Orffsite Webmaster

Hang on for some famous music quotations from the "King", Elvis Presley.

“I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. 


"Music should be something that makes you gotta move, inside or outside." 


"Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth.

I just sorta do'em all together, I guess."