Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.

 

Who doesn’t know the Carmina Burana? Who knows it is the Carmina Burana?

 

 

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Carl Orff - All together now

* disclaimer (for all of you retired classical music fans who are already sharpening your keyboards eager to comment even before hearing what I have to say…) not only am I not, am claiming, or have ever claimed to be an expert of classical music, I would say most amateurs I have met know more than me about the subject.


Who doesn’t know the Carmina Burana? Who knows it is the Carmina Burana?

Carl orff's most famous piece has been used in commercials and movies, more than any piece of music I know, or maybe it is just the fact it is louder and more prominent in our memory that it seems so. It is after all a monumental work that is bigger not only than us or the concert hall it is being performed in, but the whole human experience. It drives shivers up your spine with nothing less than pure awe, and a nervous frightened one at that.

And then there is silence. I can name three people I know who could actually name another Carl Orff piece. But that is beside the point, and I will tell you why. I am not writing about Carl Orff as a composer, arrangement genius, choir abuser supremo or any of the other things that brought this piece into the pantheon of our dreams and nightmare in such a majestic way.

 
Experience first, then intellectualize.
 
I am writing about Carl Orff as an educator, and here you suddenly have more faces lighting up with acknowledgment. Suddenly you find a lot more people who know and appreciate the name.

I was first introduced to Carl Orff educational approach by Bruce Gaston, a wonderful American musician living for decades in Thailand, teaching music to children in rural areas of the country. he brings his classical background to places where classical music was never heard, not even heard of, and without teaching classical music, uses Orff's methods to teach the basic appreciation of music, any music, anywhere.
 
Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study. They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart, you will let them learn while they play; they will find that what they have mastered is child's play.
 
I am not a professional musician, and I am not a professional educator, but I do try to think of myself as a professional child in my approach to music, art , and life in general, and witnessing first hand these children and how they react to the music, how they react to the process, and what comes out in the end thanks to what might seem like play-time in other teaching approaches, I have to admit it is exciting, if not truly moving.
 

Also known as the Orff Method, Orff Approach or Music for Children;it is a way of introducing and teaching children about music on a level that they can easily comprehend.

Musical concepts are learned through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and a child's natural sense of play are encouraged."

 

As a wise man once said, and as Carl Orff proved with his wonderful method - Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.

 

Children concert (Thailand) http://youtu.be/zYTxLqNh9V8
"Children from Baan Gerda perform at a charity ball in Bangkok. www.baangerda.org. They learnt to play musical instruments several months ago using the innovative Orff Schulwerk method. Baan Garda is a children's charity providing care for HIV & AIDS infected orphans".

Schulwerk; Gassenhauer http://youtu.be/TQ9_6W6bVoQ

Carmina burana - http://youtu.be/QEllLECo4OM