Isabel McNeill Carley Orff Essentials Collection – Recorder Improvisation and Technique Books One, Two, and Three – and Essays!
Descriptions of all four books in the Orff Essentials Collection appear on this page.
Recorder Improvisation and Technique books
These books provide the guide to teaching improvisation in the Orff Approach – here applied to recorder teaching. As new notes are introduced, exercises in ear-training and technique precede specific assignments in improvisation. Folk songs and dances and short pieces arranged or composed for recorders and Orff ensemble supplement the exercises.
The books are “long-awaited new editions of invaluable material for music educators who teach recorder….They provide the framework for a curriculum designed to develop comprehensive musicianship. – Leslie Timmons, American Recorder
Your recorder books are excellent,…completely in the spirit of the Schulwerk. – Gunild Keetman, co-founder of the Orff-Schulwerk
Isabel Carley has given us a guide to musicianship. The recorder is only the means. – Elizabeth Nichols, co-founder American Orff-Schulwerk Association
• Beginning with the Soprano Recorder
Description: Explores the pentatonic realms of C, G, and F Pentatonic and their related modes. Includes 11 lessons.
A step-by-step process introduces basic recorder skills in a highly interactive context of singing, moving, responding to Kodaly hand signs, echo play, and accompanying on pitched and non-pitched percussion. Improvisation is a key component….Exercises in clear incremental steps make this model accessible for teachers regardless of previous experience. – Leslie Timmons, American Recorder
• Intermediate for Alto and Soprano Recorder
Description: Transfers familiar fingering patterns to the alto recorder and introduces hexatonic and diatonic major, and minor modes, along with exercises in improvisation and technique.
On both soprano and alto recorder, 13 lessons review pentatonic keys, then diatonic modes and finally improvisation over chord changes….a wealth of material in a structured pedagogy for developing recorder technique. – Leslie Timmons, American Recorder
• Advanced Composing, Arranging, Analysis
Description: Parallels the Orff Schulwerk volumes III and V, introducing major and minor modes with functional harmony, along with many historical techniques of ornamentation and improvisation such as heterophony, variation, and chaconne.
The third volume is…applicable to the musical development of any vocalist or instrumentalist…The focus is the emphasis on improvisation leading to composition in the forms that parallel the history of Western music. – Leslie Timmons, American Recorder
• Selected Essays – Writing About Music, Improvisation and Teaching
Description: The first collection of essays by Isabel McNeill Carley, this book gathers her best written work, both previously published and unpublished, in a work full of inspiration, commentary, personal memoir and incisive, helpful insights into teaching and the Orff Approach.
This collection of twenty-one essays from the pen of one of our most thoughtful pioneers is a landmark publication. Altogether this is a collection to savour, to dip into and read in bits and pieces, or from cover to cover. It clarifies important, perhaps sometimes overlooked, understandings from the dawn of the development of Orff pedagogy and inspires belief in the model, and its ongoing relevance. – Catherine West, Ostinato (Orff Canada)
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