The Orff Echo Editorial Board is soliciting articles for the Winter 2021 issue. The featured topic is “Collaboration.” The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020.

The Orff approach is intrinsically collaborative. Teachers facilitate large and small-group creation as students experience give-and-take to interlock their ideas and contributions toward an artistically satisfying whole. Beyond the classroom, Orff practitioners are constantly finding meaningful collaborative pathways that enrich their work.

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; (4) articles that support AOSA’s diversity statement.

“Collaboration” seeks to explore the successful collaborations of Orff teachers and students in and outside the classroom. We encourage writers to consider the following questions:

  1. How is intentional facilitation of student collaboration nurtured in your music classroom?
  2. What types of successful collaborations have you experienced in your school or setting between colleagues, administration, and other organizations?
  3. What types of interdisciplinary and cross-approach collaboration enhance the Orff Schulwerk? Kodály, World Music, Modern Band, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, STEAM …?
  4. How does our digital world change and expand our collaboration, both within and beyond the classroom? For our students and ourselves as professionals?
  5. How do partnerships promote collaboration in our Orff practice? Have you collaborated with universities, organizations, or other schools? Connected your teaching and student learning with first-person cultural ambassadors?
  6. How have Orff chapters collaborated with others to promote and grow resources for teachers?
  7. What diverse collaborations enriched your own life-long learning and music-making?
  8. What does research say about the value of shared movement and music-creating experiences? How do Orff practitioners communicate the value of this “collaborative magic” beyond our classrooms?

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 Roxanne Dixon (, Nicola Mason (, or Lisa Lehmberg ( with submissions or questions regarding the Winter 2021 issue, “Collaboration.” For general questions about The Orff Echo, send inquiries to Linda Hines ( Articles can be submitted through the Echo Articles Submission Form.