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Orff Fall 2020 Workshop

What is Orff Schulwerk?

Orff-Schulwerk is a dynamic and active approach to music and movement education created by composer Carl Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman. The Orff approach builds on children’s innate musical abilities through things they do naturally: sing, speak, move and play. Through singing, rhythmic speech, body percussion and movement, children gain experience and develop instincts for making music in a joyful and accessible way. Orff-Schulwerk uses songs, rhymes, games and dances to explore traditional and original music in elemental style, introducing musical skills and concepts in a logical and integrated way. Music and movement are often accompanied by clapping, snapping and stamping, or with pitched and unpitched percussion as well as recorders.


Jackson State University Department of Music will host a 2-day workshop for Junior and Senior Music Education Majors and Music Teachers interested in learning about Orff-Schulwerk. This will be a great opportunity for us to further disseminate the Orff -Schulwerk approach to the teachers.  The workshop will take place on October 24th and October 31st from 10:00 – 11:15 AM VIRTUALLY via Zoom and will be presented by Mrs. Kimberly Collins, AOSA Teacher. She is known nationally and internally for her work in multicultural and urban music education.

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To register for the Workshop please complete the JSU Fall 2020 Orff Application by October 20th. To register click here:

This workshop is FREE for all students/teacher.  Once you have registered you will be sent more information after the registration deadline. For more information please contact Dr. Ramon Jackson, Coordinator at 601-979-2584 or