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If you could only purchase two Orff instruments to start off with, which two would you suggest?

Sep 17, 2016 4:20pm

I am starting a music program from scratch. We have limited resources and I would like to add a few instruments per year. Beginning with the basics would be great.

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  • K-5
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    • Sep 24, 2016 12:00pm

      For non-pitched instruments I would start with instruments that you cannot replicate with "found sound" items. Buy xylophones before metallophones. Buy alto-tenor barred instruments, then bass, then maybe soprano. Does your local Orff Chapter have an intrumentarium you could borrow to see what works best with your curricular choices?

      • Dec 9, 2016 3:45am

        I absolutely agree with Heidi. Always go for mid-range xylophones first, then begin building up your collection of bass and soprano xylophones after. Metallophones are good to have, but not exactly a necessity as xylophones are usually a good bit cheaper and accomplish the same goal. If I were you I would also try and pair my Orff instruments with a good set of tubano drums and hand drums. It's always a nice shift in a lesson to have half the class on rhythm, and the other half on melody, so they can not only work on their ear, but their time as well. Also, so many activities can be worked into your lessons with both! West Music usually runs pretty good sales on Orff instruments.