About Me

I am a certified Orff-Schulwerk elementary music teacher, teaching in an urban school. I switched from secondary to elementary music teaching in 2006 and it's been the best move (not financially! ) of my career. If you want to have major impact on students concerning music education, elementary is where it is happening. Disclaimer: The topics in my blog do not necessarily reflect what is happening in my current teaching position or with my current students, administration etc. I have a long teaching history and may chose to deal with an element or problem that I have witnessed or experienced in a previous school or have seen being dealt with by other teachers I have encountered...so there!

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New Improvised Movement Video

Posted by Jerry Bradley on Saturday, April 29, 2023,
So here's an another example of improvisation in an Orff Approach music class. I had them practice poses, lots of practice, talked and practiced levels and let them change on chime signals. 

So fun! Obviously, I didn't tell them what moves to make. Some move appropriately to the music, others...oh well, they had fun. It's the top video on my video page.
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Improvisation in Orff-Schulwerk

Posted by Jerry Bradley on Thursday, March 30, 2023,

The Orff-Schulwerk method of music education places a strong emphasis on the value of imagination and participation in the learning process. Improvisation, a technique that encourages students to explore and experiment with musical ideas in a safe and supportive setting, lies at the core of this method. I will cover some useful advice for incorporating improvisation into your teaching in this blog post as we examine the function of improvisation in the Orff-Schulwerk classroom.

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