One thing I love about the Orff Process is that it offers the teacher a model and the teacher can take that model and change it, play with it, transfer it, and turn it into something that they can use and re-use with enthusiasm.
Take the following idea. This almost an exact repost of a blog entry that I did back on October 14, 2009. (If you don’t believe me, click the calendar ———> ) This time I just swapped out the fall, and Halloween words for a more “springy” feel.
Gunild Keetman described the rhythmic pattern of words as the first “building blocks” in music. You will learn all about rhythmic building blocks in your Orff Level I course. Common building blocks in duple meter are:
quarter note, quarter note or ta ta
eight notes, quarter note or ti-ti ta
quarter note, eighth notes or ta ti-ti
eight notes, eighth notes or ti-ti ti-ti
half note or ta-a
I will use the ta, ti-ti-, ta-a for quarter, eighth, and half notes
A fun thing to do with your younger students is to create spring words that match the rhythmic building blocks. (You can even refine it to flowers, birds, or whatever theme you choose!) If you’re looking for Spring Words you can click HERE!
Here are just a few examples:
ta-a- = breeze
ta ta = rain-coat
ta ti-ti = spring clean-ing
ti-ti ta = daffodil
ti-ti ti-ti = jump in puddles
You can have your students think of spring things, or types of flowers, or birds and list them. After the class has listed some examples have them find the “rhythm language” of what they wrote. You can use this alone for rhythmic practice or use this as an extension for a spring song that you are teaching. Have the children sing or play a spring song for the A section and do the B section as you wish with voices or small percussion.
Perform ABA and have a beautiful spring song!
What are some of your favorite SPRING words?