The Effects of the Orff-Schulwerk Approach on Social Listening and Cooperation

September 1, 2007 / By: Tara C. Finne

The intent of this study was to determine if teaching music through the Orff-Schulwerk approach encourages and reinforces behavioral listening and cooperation as a concomitant consequence of the instructions, and not as a result of teacher prompts encouraging the subjects to exhibit these behaviors. The students serving as subjects in the current investigation participated in six, twenty-minute Orff-Schulwerk-based music lessons taught by the investigator (a certified Orff-Schulwerk practitioner). All lessons were designed with a common musical objective that fit into the existing fourth grade music curriculum, and were subsequently video-taped by an outside videographer.