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Taking the Orff Approach to Heart, this compendium by North American Orff educator Isabel McNeill Carley, contains 29 original essays and articles. It is a companion book to Making It Up As You Go, Brasstown Press 2011, which presented additional essays and articles. Carley writes with skill and humor on topics from theory to practice, integrating music, speech, movement, and improvisation. Also included are a Foreword by Karen Stafford; an Editor's Introduction by Anne M Carley; a Biographical Note about the author; informative essays on Carl Orff and the Orff Schulwerk, developed by Orff and his colleague Gunild Keetman; a short essay about the significance of the pentatonic scale in Orff education; diagrams of the pentatonic scales and modes in C, F, and G; a glossary; biographical notes on names cited; published resources and references; a selected bibliography of works by the author, and information on her other recent publications. Introductory headnotes for each article.Some materials have never before been published; others are repurposed with permission.Dip into this book for inspiration, or read it cover to cover to immerse in the world of elemental music education for all ages. Contents:• 1. The Case for Creativity• 2. That Lovely Two-Headed Betsy Higginbottam• 3. Create or Perform• 4. Music Plus: Five- and Six-Year-Olds in the Classroom• 5. Playing With Our Materials: Speech Play• 6. Speech Play Resources• 7. At the Foot of the Mountains, Or How Mrs. Dow Made a Song • 8. Introducing Ostinati with Murray Volume I• 9. Tips for Teachers of the Recorder• 10. How to Introduce the Orff Ensemble• 11. Practicing Some Neglected Ensemble Techniques• 12. Master Class: Composing and Arranging for the Orff Classroom • 13. Teaching Music to Preschoolers• 14. Concerning Rabbits• 15. The Next Ten Years: A View from the Early Days• 16. On Patterns In A Music Gestalt• 17. First Encountering Gunild Keetman• 18. Improvisation Makes It Happen• 19. The Inclusive Art of Music• 20. The Essential Role of the Recorder• 21. Using the Recorder• 22. On Setting a Program's Goals• 23. The Schulwerk's Origins and Early Music• 24. The Orff Approach in Church• 25. On Being Simple-Minded• 26. My Theory of Education• 27. Educating All of the Human Mind• 28. Little Is Possible Without Healthy Roots• 29. Imparted Grace: The Central Role of Music in Education

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