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Music Room News
Welcome to the music room news! I am Ms. Barik and I would like to thank your for taking the time to visit my page. I am new to Wildwood Forest Elementary this year and I am really excited to be here. I am a Level II Orff certified music teacher and I taught for 3 years in Atlanta, Ga before moving to Raleigh. I look forward to working with your student this year. If you have any questions you are welcome to email me at Below is a list of teacher approved websites that I encourage you and your student to visit!
Extra Recorder Practice!
Username : Karate
Password : Rubric
Children's symphony websites
Musical Learning Games
National Music Standards
The learner will sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (National Standard 1)
The learner will play on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. (National Standard 2)
The learner will improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments. (National Standard 3)
The learner will compose and arrange music within specified guidelines. (National Standard 4)
The learner will read and notate music. (National Standard 5)
The learner will listen to, analyze, and describe music. (National Standard 6)
The learner will evaluate music and music performances. (National Standard 7)
The learner will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and content areas outside the arts. (National Standard 8)
The learner will understand music in relation to history and culture. (National Standard 9)
What is Orff ?
Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music. It is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language.
Orff Schulwerk happens in a non-competitive atmosphere where one of the rewards is the pleasure of making good music with others. When the children want to write down what they have composed, reading and writing find their moment.
Orff Schulwerk uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as examples and basic materials. These may be traditional or original. Spoken or sung, they may be accompanied by clapping and stamping or by drums, sticks, and bells.
The special Orff melody instruments include wooden xylophones and metal glockenspiels that offer good sound immediately. Played together as in a small orchestra, their use helps children become sensitive listeners and considerate participants.
With Orff Schulwerk, improvisation and composition start students on a lifetime of knowledge and pleasure through personal musical experience. Learning is meaningful only if it brings satisfaction to the learner, and satisfaction arises from the ability to use acquired knowledge for the purpose of creating. For both teacher and student, Orff Schulwerk is a theme with endless variation.
The title "Schulwerk" is an indication of the educational process taking place: Schulwerk is schooling (in music) through working, that is, through being active and creative.
Composer Carl Orff and his associate Gunild Keetman evolved the basic texts for the Schulwerk as models for teachers worldwide. Now translated into eighteen languages, Orff Schulwerk is based on the traditional music and folklore of each country in which it is used. At present more than 10,000 teachers in the United States have found the Schulwerk the ideal way to present the magic of music to their students.
Why is Orff Schulwerk so great for kids?
Orff Schulwerk is total, active involvement in music making that incorporates speech, singing, movement, and instrument playing in a creative environment. It develops the whole child with a balance of emotional and intellectual stimulation