Orff On a Budget


by Amelia Garbisch

(22 pages)

This is an eBook for digital download.

Orff On a Budget is a book for PreK-8 music educators who try to make the most of a music program on a limited budget.  Within the book, music educators will find detailed arrangements, music activities, chants, movement, and games to help music educators use Orff Schulwerk in classrooms that do not have a traditional instrumentarium or Orff Instruments.


While working in an elementary school with an annual music budget of $250, author Amelia Garbisch developed the lesson plans and activities found within this book based on Orff Schulwerk, but left out the expensive instruments.  In fact, the activities presented here require none of the expensive instruments teachers so often associate with Orff Schulwerk.  If you are an elementary or middle school general music teacher who is operating on a limited annual budget, but you want to incorporate Orff Schulwerk philosophy and methodology – look no further!

Orff On a Budget is a book for music educators who try to make the most of a music program on a limited budget.  Contents include detailed arrangements and activity plans to help music educators incorporate songs, chants, games, movement, and activities based on the Orff Schulwerk philosophy.  The book highlights the Orff Schulwerk mantra of “Sing, Say, Dance, and Play” and provides teachers with tools to bring each of those four pedagogical ideals into their classroom.  Music educators will find this book full of both activities to immediately use with students, and a how-to on writing lessons and arranging songs to work with their classroom resources.


Amelia Garbisch

About the Author

Dr. Amelia Garbisch is the director of music education at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is the director of music at Mount Airy Presbyterian Church. Amelia holds an undergraduate degree in music education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, a Master of Music in choral conducting from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in choral music education, also from Temple University. Amelia studied Orff Shulwerk, and earned her three levels at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota where she was mentored by Mrs. Arvida Steen.

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