The Orff Echo Editorial Board is soliciting articles for the Spring 2019 issue, “The Body in Motion.” Submission deadline is August 15, 2018.

“The Body in Motion” will highlight the body as the anchor of the Schulwerk and how movement in the Schulwerk practice relates to musicality, student growth, classroom community and more. As the roots of the Schulwerk grew from exploring the unity of dance and music, how does movement, both creative and contrived, continue to drive both our teaching and student learning?

We invite various types of submissions such as (1) philosophical and theoretical work reflecting the application of the Schulwerk; (2) interpretation and adaptation of Orff pedagogical techniques for music and other teachings; (3) empirical and/or historical research related to the Schulwerk.

We encourage writers to consider the following questions:

  1.  How do you describe the unity of music and movement?
  2. What role does the body play in the creative process? What does this look like when first exploring music and movement? What does this look like after an understanding of the body iswell established? What does this look like later in life?
  3.  Where does folk dancing lie within our practice and what kinds of connections can it lead to inside and outside the classroom?
  4. How does “doing” movement transition into singing, playing instruments, or other kinds of artistic expression?
  5. How do the movement-driven roots of the Schulwerk reveal themselves in teaching today’s children?
  6. How does the body in motion impact student growth and a sense of community inside and outside the music room?
  7. Teachers of physical education and dance also focus on the body in motion—how does the Schulwerk connect with and enhance these areas of education?
  8. How might using movement serve to benefit work with special populations, e.g. physical, intellectual and emotional disabilities, English-language learners, etc.?

The Orff Echo Editorial Board is always interested in original research and informative articles covering all aspects of Orff Schulwerk and music education, such as movement, play, singing, assessment, and curricular planning. Our format allows for submissions dedicated to your area of interest in addition to our featured topic.

Please contact Matthew Stensrud ( and Christine Ballenger ( with submissions or questions regarding the Spring 2019 issue, “The Body in Motion.” For submission guidelines or for general questions about The Orff Echo, send inquiries to Linda Hines (