Singapore University of Social Sciences

Strengthening Mental and Physical Agility through Music and Movement: The Orff Schulwerk Approach

Strengthening Mental and Physical Agility through Music and Movement: The Orff Schulwerk Approach (CETW003)

Applications Open: 29 January 2021

Applications Close: 14 April 2021

Next Available Intake: 28 April 2021

Course Types: Short Course

Language: English

Duration: 2 half days

Fees: $150

Area of Interest: Others

Schemes: National Silver Academy (NSA)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: Centre for Continuing & Professional Education


Date: 28 & 30 April 2021
Level: Basic
Duration: 9.00am to 12.00pm over 2 Fridays
Venue: Singapore University of Social Sciences


Synopsis

As we age, cognitive and motor skill decline sets in. This course introduces the European Orff approach to strengthen mental and physical agility via music making. This course introduces the European Orff approach to strengthen mental and physical agility via music making. Customised for Adult Seniors, the course introduces music through improvisatory and exploratory exercises which engages your mind, and enhances fine motor abilities through both different musical and movement activities. In this 6 hours over 2 session course, you will learn to make music together with a mixture of music movements, acting, and the use of percussion instruments, such as xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels, which are known as the Orff Instrumentarium. You will get to perform a finale which is the highlight of the course. In the process, you will have fun in music making, get excited about your talents, as well as engage your mind and body through music. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced musician, this course is for you!

Who Should Attend

Seniors interested in improving mental and physical agility through music and movement.

Topics

  • Feel the beat, feel the rhythm
  • Body percussion and rhymes
  • Transfer of body percussion onto non-pitched percussion instruments (e.g. drums)
  • Creating and recreating music phrases
  • Performing Orff instruments into two parts
  • Locomotion and gestures to accompany tunes
  • Culmination of playing, singing and moving simultaneously and together as a group

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to strengthen mental and physical agility via music making. through the European Orff music approach.

A. Knowledge and Understanding (Theory Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how music and movement strengthens mental and physical agility.
  • Apply Orff strategies to strengthen mental and physical agility.
  • Develop knowledge on creativity in thinking processes.

B. Key Skills (Practical Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Acquire the beat and feel the rhythm.
  • Perform on pitched and non-pitched instruments.
  • Perform and play Orff instruments.
  • Creating and recreating music phrases.
  • Create locomotion and gestures to accompany tunes.
  • Express imagination through music and movement simultaneously together as a group.

Schedule

TimeAgenda
Day 1
09:00 - 10:00Icebreakers and name game (using movement)
10:00 - 11:30Firecrackers
11:30 - 12:00Presentation of above and the benefits of the above activities in reference to mental and physical agility
Day 2
09:00 - 10:00Warm up through games
10:00 - 11:30Group activities
11:30 - 12:00Group presentation and Q&A session


Assessments

  • Class participation or quiz (optional)

Requirements

Nil


About the Trainer

Mr Paul GrosseMr Paul Grosse is an adjunct lecturer at the Singapore University of Social Sciences and National Institute of Education, lecturing on the pedagogy practices and teaching both piano and choir. Paul has given extensive workshops on the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy in South- East Asia. Paul completed Orff training in San Francisco and Salzburg is the current Chair of the Orff-Schulwerk Association of Singapore (SingOrff). He holds a Masters of Arts and a Bachelor of Music Teaching from the University of Western Australia.


Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to cet@suss.edu.sg:

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Application form

Course Fee

OthersNational Silver Academy Funding1
(Singapore Citizen aged 50 and above)
Full course fee (A)$150$150
7% GST on full course fee (B)$10.50$10.50
Total nett course fee payable, including GST (A) + (B) = (C)$160.50$160.50
NSA Funding if eligible (50%) (D)-($75)
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding (C) – (D) = (E)$160.50$85.50

1 National Silver Academy: Singaporeans aged 50 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 50% of the course fees (excluding GST).


  • Participants are required to complete all surveys and feedbacks related to the course.
  • A Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon completing the course.
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to cancel the course(s) due to unforeseen situations. Course fee(s) will be refunded to affected students.

For clarification, please contact the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
Email: CET@suss.edu.sg
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