Watts Orff Ensemble

  • Orff Ensemble is an auditioned performance group that plays xylophones and other various percussion instruments.  


        Why is it called the Orff ensemble?  In the early 20th century, Carl Orff, with his fellow teachers Dorothy Gunther and Gunild Keetman, started a school where children could learn to sing, move creatively and play instruments.  It was the first time that anyone had ever explored and developed a method for teaching music to children.  Orff soon saw to the development of xylophones designed specifically to be played by children.  In our classroom, we call these xylophones "Orff Instruments".

    Tell me, I forget.  Show me, I remember.  Involve me, I understand. ~ Carl Orff