Interview and Research Regarding Recorder Pedagogy

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2004

Project Description/Abstract

The goals of this project are two-fold: (1) to interview Miriam Samuelson, an exemplary recorder instructor and former teacher at the primary source of Orff teacher-training programs, the Orff Institute, Saizburg, Austria and (2) to learn more about Orff recorder pedagogy. The institute is the ideal site for interviewing Ms. Samuelson, now the assistant director of the Orff program there. I will also observe current Orff teaching practices at the Institute and visit a local music school that implements Orff techniques. I will combine information about Ms. Samuelson’s teaching and influence on the other Orff instructors with records of teaching techniques observed in Austria. The result will be an article or articles for possible publication in Orff Echos, the journal of the American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA) and/or American Recorder, the publication of the American Recorder Society. Future research will entail a comparison between the American and Austrian Orff teacher-training systems.

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