Using Orff Instruments for the First Time, Lesson Plans

  • If you have ever purchased your own Orff instruments, you know the significant investment.   Fostering care and respect for these beautiful instruments will cut down on needed repairs and make students aware of the value and tone quality, hopefully resulting in more appreciative and sensitive musicians. There are two articles that will be very helpful to teachers introducing Orff instruments to classes for the first time. One is called "Student Rules and Teacher Guidelines, Playing with Orff Instruments" the other is "The Young at the Bars". These articles will share several activities that will make the first few lessons on Orff instruments a guaranteed success with happy students and happy teacher! The ideas will also set guidelines that will be helpful in every lesson using Orff instruments for years to come. Music Box members can find these under DOWNLOADS, ARTICLES and are now free to members.

    I have been using Orff instruments since I was introduced to them in my college methods course in 1976.  My first Sonor instruments, which I purchased for Music Rhapsody in 1983, still sound beautiful and bring much learning and joy to our students. A great investment!


  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner Orff Instruments with a tiny budget? This is a situation common to lots of music teachers who would like to include Orff but have no funding to acquire instruments. I get many teachers asking me how to do the Orff lessons without all the expensive ins...  more
    September 11, 2011
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner Oh dear Joyce, what a frustrating situation. I hope the school director knows the value of these instruments and the value of using them with the children. If not, you have some work to do! Keep us posted, I know all Music Box teachers are sending g...  more
    September 19, 2011
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner Orff orchestrations are a wonderful way for children to accompany themselves but sometimes the children want to "just play"! Go to downloads for an article that lists pentatonic songs from my CDs. Set up your Orff instrum...  more
    September 23, 2011
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner There are some easy Orff activities shown in Music Box Videos. Go to www.lynnkleiner' and click Videos. Check out the TMEA workshop, Rhythm Readers and also some of the Christian Songs include Orff ideas. If you want Orff for ages 3-8, Mu...  more
    April 19, 2012