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About Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg

Welcome to the Website of the Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg

(lat. market place) in antiquity the city centre, a meeting place for people to talk and to listen, for trading and gathering. Today, the forum is a platform open for specific questions, for exchanging experiences and opinions.

Seminar and Information Centre for Orff-Schulwerk were founded in 1961 at the then Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg by Carl Orff and Professor Dr. Eberhard Preussner with support from the Austrian Ministry of Education. As the plans for the founding of an Orff Centre were being developed in Munich in 1983 the Information Centre acquired its new name as the “Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg” (OSF) together with an increased area of responsibility. The long-standing direction of the Forum has been in the hands of Dr. Hermann Regner and Barbara Haselbach.

Today the Orff-Schulwerk Forum represents the centre of the network for international Orff-Schulwerk Associations and affiliated pedagogical institutions. Its mission is to collect, to document and to publish international information about the work with Orff-Schulwerk, to further communication between institutions or individuals, also in intercultural areas, to be an advisor for pedagogical questions and to initiate events or support them.

The Orff-Schulwerk Forum fulfills its function in close connection with the Carl Orff Institute Salzburg, the Carl Orff Foundation Diessen am Ammersee, the Orff-Zentrum München, the international Orff-Schulwerk associations and affiliated pedagogical institutions. It is supported financially by the Carl Orff Foundation.

The Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg is a non-profit-making registered association whose membership comprises people and institutions, associations, schools and societies.
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Approaches: Music Therapy& Special Music Education
Special Issue 5 (2) 2013 The Orff approach to special music education and music therapy: Practice, theory and research
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Convention of the Orff-Schulwerk Forum Salzburg 2014
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Textos sobre Teoría y Prática del Orff-Schulwerk
Textos Básicos de los Años 1932-2010
Spanish translation of the "Texts on Theory and Practice of Orff-Schulwerk"

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Orff-Schulwerk Informationen

The issue No. 88 with the main theme "The Song in Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy" has been published in Summer 2013.
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The issue No. 85 with the main theme "50 Years Orff Institute 1961 - 2011" has been published in July 2011. This issue has been a special issue accompanying the exhibition "50 Years Orff Institute" that has been shown in the foyer of the Mozarteum University, Salzburg from May 31 to July 10, 2011 as well as in the USA, in Australia, in Finland, Italy and New Zealand.

This book (304 pages) can be ordered for EUR 10,- (including shipping costs within Europe). Please send us an e-mail (osi@orff-schulwerk-forum-salzburg.org) mentioning your postal address and we will send you the book with an invoice. Payment possibilities: Cheques, bank transfer and international reply coupons are accepted.

Recommendations and Guidelines of the Orff-Schulwerk Forum

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Publication project 2011-2014
The Orff-Schulwerk Forum is publishing seminal texts on Orff-Schulwerk.
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New Publications of Music and Dance Education

Texts on Theory and Practice of Orff-Schulwerk
Basic Texts from the Years 1932 – 2010

The authors of Orff-Schulwerk and their closest cooperators describe the basics of what has become unquestionable common knowledge of Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy. The selected texts present a necessary theoretical completion of the experiences of practical work. They give a foundation and justification of it.
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Index (1961 – 2009)

The Index for 82 issues of Orff-Schulwerk Informationen was published in February 2010. It is a carefully prepared index of all articles along with the documentations of the 7 great International Orff-Schulwerk Symposia plus the yearbooks that were published during the first decade of the Carl Orff Institute.

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