June traditionally sees hundreds of elementary students joining together for Play! Celebrating Elementary Music Education in Manitoba. This event, hosted by the Manitoba Orff Chapter (MOC), invites students to perform and demonstrate their musical skills based on the Orff approach.
With an inability to gather and play music in a typical way, Manitoba students were invited to learn instrumental and movement parts to a piece from the Orff Schulwerk volumes. Their video submissions resulted in this amazing, virtual performance.
Music specialists and 12 students from four LRSD schools showcased their talents in the province-wide project:
- Shamrock School led by Karen Tole-Henderson
- St. George School led by Dawn Muir
- General Vanier School led by Lori Arthur
- Highbury School led by Sean Fitzmaurice
This final video is a representation of the high-quality music programs in elementary schools across Manitoba. The students in the video demonstrate exceptional focus, precision, musicianship, and dedication to doing their very best at "making music together, while we are apart."
To view the entire twelve-day virtual Play! event, please visit the MOC website.
The Orff philosophy advocates that music teaching be experimental and elemental. The basic elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, form, and expression are experienced through a pedagogy of imitation, exploration, literacy, improvisation, and composition. The Orff teaching process involves speech, song, movement, recorder playing, playing of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments and listening.