Tip of the Week: Orff Instrument Library

by Abby @ Quaver on October 25, 2016

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

Today’s Tip is for users of Quaver’s Curriculum and ClassPlay!

Do you have a favorite new ClassPlay song?

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be digging deeper into more new features released in October! 

New Feature #2: Orff Instrument Library

We’re excited to introduce some big additions to our Virtual Orff Instrument Library, located in the ClassPlay Toolbox. We replaced our single digital Orff Instrument with a library of options to serve as a visual tool for classroom instruction, a digital manipulative for composition, and an electronic instrument for performance. Each of the nine instruments features flexible options to customize the appearance of the instrument including the use of note names, staff placement, solfa, and pentatonic scales.

How to access the Orff Instrument Library:

  • 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
  • Select ORFF LIBRARY from the top row


How to use the Orff Instrument Library:

1) Choose an Instrument

Choose from a variety of Soprano, Alto, and Bass Orff instruments to play! This is a great way to demonstrate each instrument’s unique sound, especially if you don’t have each of these Orff instruments handy in your room. Let’s take a look at the Alto Xylophone, right in the middle of the library screen!

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-3-24-28-pm2) Adjust the Bars

The first thing you’ll want to do is play the instrument! Simply click on an individual bar to play it. If you’d like to remove a bar, toggle the small green circle below each bar from green to white.


You can even toggle between F and B natural and their accidentals by clicking on the circle above the bar.


3) Unpack the Student Toolbox

The yellow STUDENT TOOLBOX at the bottom of the screen is full of handy teaching tools! In this toolbox you will find the popular DRAW tool, Solfa syllables, scale references, and the options to turn note names and staff icons ON or OFF.



If you would like to assign Solfège syllables to certain bars, then drag the syllables from the Toolbox to the bottom of the individual bar. Click the light blue CLEAR button, located next to the Solfa syllables, to remove them.



Teachers can select a major or minor pentatonic scale to automatically set up the instrument to play in that tonality. This is a great visual to help illustrate different scales and how bar placement plays a part in each scales tonality.


Settings (Orange Gear)

Toggle the Note Names ON to show the letters in the center of each individual bar. To reveal the notes staff placement in treble clef, toggle the Staff Icons ON – a great way to reinforce student understanding of the notes in relation to lines and spaces.


When you’re ready to chose another Orff instrument, click the white BACK button located in the bottom left-hand corner to return to the Orff Library.


In the future, we will feature various ways to use these virtual instruments in your classroom. Let us know which instruments have become your favorites and how you are using them in your classroom!

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