Tip of the Week: Orff Adventure Books

by Abby @ Quaver on October 20, 2015

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Each Tuesday, we bring you a Tip of the Week to make using your Quaver resources easier than ever!

Click Play to listen to our Tip of the Week jingle! (Email readers, click-through to listen to the Tip of the Week Tune)

Today’s Tip is for users of ClassPlay – specifically our ClassPlay Toolbox!

Are you looking for a fun, creative way to teach Orff technique?

You may have noticed the handy toolbox in the bottom right corner of every ClassPlay song. 

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Inside this ClassPlay Toolbox you’ll find loads of interactive whiteboard activities to aid you as you unpack the song or concept. We love how these allow you to improvise as you teach and make the most of every moment with your students.

Open the ClassPlay Toolbox to find activities like Melody Maker, Rhythm & Pitch Racers and the subject of today’s spotlight – Four Orff Adventure Books.

Each of the four books explore a different Orff playing technique with an engaging story and opportunities for application throughout.

  • A Day in the Life of Reggie focuses on Bouncing Mallets
  • The Miggles explores the important concept of Playing in the Center
  • Ollie & the Parade helps you teach Alternating Hands
  • The Greatest Tree House Ever covers Multiple Techniques important to playing Orff instruments

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Each story has IDEAS and EXTEND tabs located at the top of the page – these provide fun activities that enhance the story and apply different playing techniques.

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Let’s take a look at how these features work in “The Greatest Tree House Ever – Orff Adventures: Multiple Techniques:”

The Basics

Use the yellow NEXT arrow at the top of the page to advance through the story. You might read the story aloud to your students or ask older students to read a page at a time. Many of the Orff Adventures books lend themselves to dramatic readings with students imitating the story on their Orff instruments. Can’t you just see your students imitating rain falling on the rooftop or a pogo stick bouncing through the living room?

Simply read through the story and create you own applications OR click the IDEAS or EXTEND tab to see what the Quaver team suggests for further exploration.

IDEAS Tab

Each “idea” is a musical challenge that has students bring the story to life by creating sound effects. Discussion questions at the bottom of the page encourage critical thinking skills. After completing this activity, you can return to the story by clicking STORY or continue digging deeper by clicking EXTEND.

EXTEND Tab

This feature helps you encourage your students create their own story with rhythm symbols that represent quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests. Once your students have completed their rhythms, click STORY to continue your Orff Adventure.

Explore the other Orff Adventures, and have students practice creating their own sounds and rhythms to bring Orff instruments to life in your classroom!

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How to access Orff Adventures:

  • Log in to QuaverMusic.com with a Teacher Account
  • Click the TEACHER TAB
  • Choose CLASSPLAY, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  • Find a ClassPlay song by using the search box, choosing a “selection criteria,” or scrolling through the list of titles.
  • Click on the CLASSPLAY TOOLBOX located in the bottom right hand corner of the Song Hub
  • Scroll to the bottom of the toolbox and select an Orff Adventure

Check out this clip of Quaver demoing A Day in the Life of Reggie in a recent training session!

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