Carl Orff was a successful composer and conductor. Born in Munich, he was a conductor of many opera houses. In addition he is know for some of his most famous works, "Carmina Burana," "Der Mond," and "Die Kluge." Orff's work can be characterized by strong rhythms from rich material and it's interplay with the melody. Orff's schoolwork was first developed at the Guntherschule in Munich, a school for young adult women. With Dorethee Gunther, Orff was able to realize how incorporate his ideas of improvised music with actual percussion instruments and recorders.
Through Orff's compositions students are able to explore rhythm and melody using singing, instruments, speech, and movement. Through this approach students are able to learn and improvise their own melodies. Orff's strategies allow students to access and use their creativity to create new musical ideas. By using Orff's approach we are able to translate knowledge into other aspects of student's learning. For example, this approach can help develop student's social, intellectual, and emotional growth.
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