9. Visions / Philosophy / Carl Orff Approach

New experiences are an opportunity to learn and childhood is the most critical time to build physical and emotional foundations for their future learning and development.

At Melodies Preschool we have dedicated, qualified, experienced staff to ensure a safe, kind and nurturing environment where your child has the opportunity to grow and develop a love for lifelong learning.  We believe that children learn through practical experiences and provide a wide range of high quality resources and facilities where children can learn at their own pace.
Within our programme we adopt Te Whariki Early Childhood Curriculum, and weave Carl Orff’s Approach into our everyday teaching including Music, Dance, Drama and Gym.  We bring all of this together along with children’s individual interests to create fun, meaningful and holistic learning experiences.

“Tell me I forget, Show me I remember, Involve me I understand” - Carl Orff

“Since the beginning of time, children have not liked to study.  They would much rather play, and if you have their interests at heart you will let them learn while they play.  They will find what they have mastered is child’s play." – Carl Orff

Carl Orff Approach

Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 – March 29, 1982) was a 20th Century German Composer best known for his canata Carmina Burana (1937).
He also developed an influential method of music education for children and named it Orff Schulwerk.
Orff Schulwerk is a child-centered approach to music education which uses songs, dances, rhymes, clapping, games, poetry, stories and theatrical gestures drawn from the imaginative and cultural world of the child. Such material is a starting point for teaching and learning activities and a basis for exploring musical skills and concepts in an imaginative way.  
Within the musical activities children explore the use of tuned and un-tuned musical instruments and body percussion to play simple and repetitive patterns, melodies and rhythms. The Orff approach uses simple scales and repetitive accompaniments which allows children to quickly succeed in making meaningful music.