NMAOSA is a professional organization of music and movement educators serving the state of New Mexico. We are a chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Our chapter is dedicated to the creative teaching approach developed by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman, and promoting that approach throughout the southwest.

The Orff Method is a way of teaching children about music that engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of percussion instruments (i.e. xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels). Lessons are presented with an element of play helping the children learn at their own level of understanding.

What is Orff-Schulwerk?

Also known as the Orff Method, Orff Approach or Music for Children; it is a way of introducing and teaching children about music on a level that they can easily comprehend. Musical concepts are learned through singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and a childs natural sense of play are encouraged.

For more information and videos about the Orff Approach, see the AOSA Webpage.