We hope to answer your questions about Orff Schulwerk, and invite you to join our growing organization.
The American Orff-Schulwerk Association is a professional organization dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman. We are united by our belief that music and movement – to speak, sing and play; to listen and understand; to move and create – should be an active and joyful experience.
Our mission is:
● to demonstrate and promote the value of Orff Schulwerk;
● to support professional development opportunities; and
● to align applications of the Orff Schulwerk approach with the
changing needs of American society.
Why join AOSA?
Professional development, participation in a community of talented arts educators, and joyful discovery through music are some of the benefits of membership.
What is Orff Schulwerk?
Schulwerk, as envisioned by composer Carl Orff, is a way to teach and learn music and movement. Carl Orff was a composer and a music education visionary.
AOSA Press Room
Fact Sheet: Carl Orff (pdf)
Fact Sheet: Carl Orff (Word doc.)
Fact Sheet: Gunild Keetman (pdf)
Fact Sheet: Gunild Keetman (Word doc.)
Fact Sheet: What is Orff Schulwerk? (Word doc.)
Fact Sheet: What is Orff Schulwerk? (pdf)
Fact Sheet: Orff Schulwerk and Arts Education (pdf)
AOSA Photo File
Photo Release form - to obtain high-resolution images from AOSA Photo File (pdf)
Photo: Carl Orff (watermarked jpg)
Photo: Gunild Keetman (watermarked jpg)
AOSA offers scholarships for teacher training, research, and gifts of Orff musical instruments for classroom use.
Orff Around the World
International Outreach Program (Word doc) (pdf)
The Orff Echo Editorial Board Application (Word doc.) (pdf)
Application for AOSA member to teach in an International Outreach program (Word doc) (pdf)
Organization application to request an AOSA teacher trainer (Word doc) (pdf)
"A Heartwarming visit brings the Schulwerk to Poland" by AOSA member Rob Amchin (pdf)
"A Russian Orff Odyssey" by AOSA member Doug Goodkin (pdf)
Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg
web site of Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg
email the Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg
Arts Links (Word doc)
Arts Links (pdf)
Kindred in spirit to AOSA are many other vibrant arts organizations.