Articles about Body Movements

Using Children's Literature to Inspire Creative Movement
Orff Echo (2016) Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 24-29

This article examines creative movement in the context of the general music classroom. Concise definitions for movement elements and concepts as inspired by Laban's Movement Analysis are delineated. Suggested literary resources (picture books), directions for how the books might inspire ...

The Catapult Dance: A Case Study in Student Self-Assessment
Orff Echo (2016) Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 38-41

In this data-driven educational climate, creative movement is often a late addition or is last on the lesson list because it cannot be easily assessed. This article explores the true nature of assessment. It examines practical ways to include your ...

Relationships of a Circular Singer Arm Gesture to Acoustical and Perceptual Measures of Singing: A Motion Capture Study
Update (2016) Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 56-62

The purpose of this study was to validate previous research that suggests using movement in conjunction with singing tasks can affect intonation and perception of the task. Singers (N = 49) were video and audio recorded, using a motion capture ...

Musicians in Motion: Sequencing Movement Experiences in Elementary Music
Orff Echo (2016) Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 16-23

Movement is inextricably tied to music teaching and learning. By incorporating movement in a spiral curriculum, teachers enable students to build vocabulary through positive musical experiences, promoting student agency and creativity. This article examines the theoretical underpinnings and constructivist principles ...

From A to Zig-zag: Teaching the Vocabulary of Creative Movement
Orff Echo (2016) Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 10-14

Creative movement/dance is an essential element of Orff Schulwerk-based instruction. Creative movement lies outside the skill set of many music educators and can seem intimidating to teach and explore in their classrooms. This article illustrates how creative movement can enliven ...

Carl Orff Meets Shinichi Suzuki
Orff Echo (2015) Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 22-25

At first glance, the Suzuki Method of music instruction - focusing as it does on playing solo violin - has little in common with Orff Schulwerk's approach of teaching music through movement, play, singing, and experience. Yet the two famous ...