The Orff Echo editorial board is seeking submissions for our Fall 2018 issue, Contemporary Recorder Pedagogy. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2018.

The recorder is an essential part of Orff Schulwerk Teacher Education courses, as well as a central focus in the Music for Children volumes and supplemental materials. As ethnomusicologist Curt Sachs famously suggested to Orff himself, the recorder is the melodic component within the instrumentarium, the pipe to the drum. Yet many Orff teachers shy away from exploring the instrument’s full potential as a music-making or instructional tool.

In this upcoming issue, we seek to explore how the recorder is used in today’s Orff Schulwerk classrooms—both in terms of practice and potential. We encourage writers to consider the following questions:

  • What are the most effective strategies for fully integrating the recorder into the music classroom?
  • How should we approach improvisation?
  • How and when should we introduce alto recorders and other voices?
  • How can we combine recorders and movement?
  • What are the creative and adaptive possibilities for recorder using technology?
  • What are the possibilities for using recorder to explore world music?

The Orff Echo is always interested in original research and informative, lively articles covering all other aspects of Orff Schulwerk—movement, improvisation, play, and singing. Our format allows for submissions focused on your area of interest in addition to our featured topic.

Please contact Richard Lawton ( or Christine Ballenger ( with submissions, proposals, and questions regarding the Fall 2018 issue, Contemporary Recorder Pedagogy.