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The Murray Volumes: Volume 1 retrieval

Carl Orff and his fellow composers wrote a series of volumes with Orffestrations (orchestrations using the Orff instruments).  These volumes were edited and modified to suit American and British folksong.  The American volumes edited and largely written by Margaret Murray and are known as "The Murray Volumes" by American Orff teachers. 

Now that I've been teaching a decade, I finally know why Kodaly and Orff do the things they do.  I am now creating a retrieval system that actually works for me.  I'm going through my Kodaly books, but I'm also going through my Orff books.  I learned a few works from the Murray volumes during my Orff level courses, but certainly not more than 2-5% of them.  Looking at the Orffestrations is very daunting and I've avoided them for years.  This year I'm going through each piece and really thinking how this piece can be presented or the elements used in the delivery of curriculum.  I'm finding that the written notes are much more daunting than the actual patterns they suggest.  This is the point of Orff's teaching of composition to children.  It looks hard, it sounds hard, but it's really quite a simple process if you know how melodies and accompaniments are constructed. 

I wrote the retrieval on an Excel spreadsheet.  If you click here, you can have a copy of my work.  I inserted a heading at the beginning of each worksheet page (there are 9 pages).  I'm going to try many of my new discoveries with my students in the coming months and will post audio clips and teaching tips as blog posts.  Consider it an early Christmas gift or a late Dawalli gift.

Murray Volume 1 retrieval is here!  

Please post improvements to the retrieval, comments on it, and REASONS YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR BEING A TEACHER in comments along with requests for access. 

Have a blessed and healthful Thanksgiving!  Love to you all and many blessings to you and yours.


PS  If you have trouble viewing the google doc, please leave your email in comments and I'll send you the excel sheet.


Ryan Brodersen said…
This looks really great! But I can't download the excel file, just FYI....
Anonymous said…

ardith said…
I would love to view your excel file. Thanks!
Anonymous said…

And I am thankful for blogs like YOURS!
Anonymous said…
I'd love to see your excel file. Will you please email it to Thank you!
De7 said…
I am grateful to learn so much as I stive to educate and learn WITH others!
De in Ohio
Anonymous said… Thank you so much for sharing!
Anonymous said…
Anonymous said…
I'm thankful that I get to introduce kids to music with fun, games, song, and dance.

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