Elemental Music: Tone that is bound with speech, music and dance
The history of Orff-Schulwerk in Singapore began in 1995 with a small group of at-risk students. An Integrated Arts Education Program was set up with developmental and intervention goals in mind. It was noted that children who had experienced failure and difficulties in school found success in the arts a very positive and motivating experience. Children from the 1995 group are now in their adult years. They have found skills and values appropriate for their work, family and study as they cope with the developmental challenges in life.
In the last 20 years, the Schulwerk in Singapore seeks to find a balance between the old and the new, the traditional and the contemporary, and often finds the blurring of lines between the two. The Schulwerk acknowledges the works of Carl Orff and draws on the rich reservoir of folk materials in South-East Asia. We also acknowledge the philosophies and approaches by Dalcroze, Kodály, Suzuki, Cage, Grotowski, and many more modern dancers and artists.
We are grateful for the opportunities in working with teachers and children from Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, Africa, United States and Austria. They were both teaching and learning experiences for all, and had offered an invaluable wealth of insight and teaching resources.
With the inception of the Orff-Schulwerk Association of Singapore (SingOrff) in 2002, we hope the mustard seed will continue to take roots and grow, where art, education and therapy can be rivers merging into one. SingOrff is a registered member of the International Orff Schulwerk Forum Salzburg (IOSFS).
SingOrff is administered by Mr Paul J. Grosse, and is assisted by a committee of volunteers with a common belief in the Orff philosophy.