Unterschrift Carl Orff

The Special Course 2018 - 2019

Advanced studies in music and dance education – “Orff Schulwerk“

October 2018 – June 2019

Directors: Shirley Salmon, MPhil, PGCE, BA & Andrea Ostertag, MA
The Special Course is held at the Orff Institute,
Mozarteum University Salzburg.
Director: Univ.Prof. Helge Musial

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07.07.2016 - 10.07.2016

Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg

Veranstalter: Carl Orff Institut für Elementare Musik- und Tanzpädagogik
Leitung / Directors: Sonja Stibi, Micaela Grüner, Shirley Day-Salmon

Elemental Music and Dance teachers have new challenges, chances and also dangers in the age of new media. In today?s continually technologized world and with the development of digital media it seems that Elemental Music and Dance Education is in diametric opposition. What is the importance of body oriented music making, sensitization of aesthetic perception, and the differentiation of individual expression through music and dance in the light of technological possibilities in a society that is shaped by digital influences? Which media support and enrich our work?

The 9th International Symposium, held by the Orff Institute in cooperation with the Orff Schulwerk Forum Salzburg, is an opportunity to pursue such questions. A variety of approaches with diverse media provide impulses for debates and discussions.

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18th International Summer Course of Orff-Schulwerk

"The Singing Garden”

Tuesday, July 28th till Sunday August 2nd 2015
in PILSEN / Czech-Republic

Integration of Music - Movement - Dance as a Process of Intercultural Understanding 

This International Master Class Course of Orff-Pedagogy will take place in the City of PILSEN - the Cultural Capital of Europe 2015 (Czech-Republic). The program of this year and the title of the Course “The Singing Garden” will be closely connected to the cultural events of the city. The tradition of these International Orff-Courses are based on the successful cross-cultural collaboration of East and West European countries.

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Congratulations to Margaret Murray on receiving an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for ‘services to music’ in the 2014 UK “New Year’s Honours List”!

Margaret, founder of the Orff Society (Orff UK), has been at the forefront of the Orff movement in the UK for over 40 years. She worked closely with Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman to produce the English edition of Orff-Schulwerk: Music for Children (1958-66). From 1963 Margaret presented Orff courses throughout the UK, South Africa, Australia and the USA, and in 1965 she initiated and led the first English-speaking Summer Course at the Orff Institute, Salzburg. She has provided countless translations of all the important documents relating to the work of Carl Orff and the Schulwerk, an achievement which is highly respected world-wide.

The “New Year’s Honours List” is published on 31st December every year in “The Times” newspaper, UK. The awards result from a group of people (colleagues and friends) who recommend one person for their services in a particular area. A collective statement is sent to the “Cabinet Office”, where it is decided whether the application is appropriate and worthy. There are many different awards including MBE, OBE, CBE. Those awarded are invited to Buckingham Palace to receive the medal that represents this award.

Although the collective statement definitely included many references to Margaret’s work with Orff-Schulwerk, it was not mentioned in the award. Margaret has written about the contribution of her colleagues and friends in the UK and abroad. She would like them to know and realise that “if I have had some success it has been very much indebted so often to what I have learned from them! They are very much entitled to, and I would like them to feel, some share in my award.”

With best wishes for 2014,

Shirley Salmon