Orff for the Musical Child (4-1/2 – 7 yrs)

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Please note:  Classes are no longer available.

Class Info

  • Minimum 25 classes (this is a year-long program)
  • 90 minutes each week
  • 4 to 8 children per class
  • Children attend independent of parent
  • Parent involvement is for the last 15 minutes weekly.


  • Tuition is $1250 for the year
  • Tuition includes Musicalia carry bag, home activities, borrowing privileges for lending libraries and instruments
  • Payment by cheque or cash
  • Susan is flexible with monthly payment plans.

If you can talk, you can sing.
If you can walk, you can dance.
Zimbabwe Proverb

Welcome to the Barefoot Zone…learning is joyful here!

These programs are the perfect foundation for a musical child prior to learning any instrument or engaging in private lessons.

The Musical Child program provides a beautiful balance between satisfying the intellectual thirst a young child typically demonstrates at this age and the continuing need to learn actively through movement and through the body.

Musical Child Year 1

Music close to home, in nature and in the imagination.

Musical Child Year 2

  • Music around the world themes
  • Jazz, Blues, Native American, North, South & Central America, Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Europe, Africa, Russia, Asia, holiday, historical, folk, classical music.

Music Reading & Writing

  • All music concepts taught and practiced through the body…classes are very active, hands-on and feet-on activity every week

Building notes on our giant floor staff

  • Tag games, floor staff, music manipulatives specially designed to give children practical experience writing and reading music in ways that make sense to them at these ages
  • Whole class activity that embeds learning in playful ways the body will hold for a lifetime!

Composer’s Workshop

Dancing & Moving

  • Full creative movement program…weekly movement concepts explored using whole body techniques to develop confidence and coordination that supports general musicality

Creative Movement time!

  • Children learn to use a movement vocabulary that is expressed both verbal and non-verbally.

It’s fun in here!

“It is difficult to teach rhythm. One can only release it.  It is the unifying power of language, music and movement.” -Carl Orff

Singing & Speaking

  • Singing songs, chanting, many singing games…all designed to allow children exposure to matching pitch, using a variety of voices, listening to one another’s voices
  • Singing games build confidence and a love of singing in general.


  • Storytime with the instruments…far and away their favorite time during the class. It’s completely improvisational…even Susan doesn’t know what will happen from week to week
  • Listening Library for weekly CD & book loans (includes storybooks, songbooks, Putumaya, Kindermusik, classical and contemporary music, children’s music)
  • Listening Libraries are unique and distinct for each year
  • Listening games to identify music of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky.

Playing Instruments

The Orff Orchestra and percussion set up and ready for ensemble play!

Year 1

We play ALL the instruments at Musicalia during this year 1 program. We also name and recognize instruments of the traditional symphony orchestra in year 1.

  • Our focus instrument is the glockenspiel. We use it to learn notes and mallet technique
  • Glockenspiel play is one of our jumping-off points for rehearsing musical concepts, notation, and musicality. Glockenspiels are available from the lending library
  • Composer’s workshop sessions
  • The “Travelling” glockenspiels are available in the lending library for use at home
  • The Travelling Gypsy Drum and journal travels from home to home having adventures throughout the year.

Year 2

Practical experience playing the recorder and the ukulele (wind and string instrument).

  • Soprano recorder is included in tuition for each child. Ukuleles are available in the lending library for use at home
  • Piano improvisation games with Susan
  • Group drumming
  • Composer’s Workshop sessions
  • Orff Orchestra improvisation and technique
  • Orff Orchestra time develops ensemble playing, rhythmic awareness, musical independence, listening sensitivity and confidence
  • Exposure to musical terminology and use of terms to develop musicality while playing instruments (timbre, tone, rhythm, beats, forte, piano, crescendo, decrescendo, presto, adagio, staccato, legato, tutti, solo, duet, trio, orchestra, conductor, theme, etc…).


African storyplay…Who’s in Rabbit’s House? We love to try on giant face masks.

  • Musical storytelling…classic musical stories of Peter and the Wolf, The Nutcracker and The Magic Flute as well as a variety of fairy tales, folk tales and well-loved contemporary tales from around the world

Princess Pamina and Prince Tamino from The Magic Flute

  • Engage in staging some of our stories, use of masks and movement props
  • Exploration, interactive play and staged use of puppets, use of puppet theatre
  • Parents join class each week for last 15 minutes to learn folk dances, play games or enjoy the children’s informal performances
  • We have Music Parties to celebrate instead of formal performance or recitals. Music parties are a playful way to build confidence and to acknowledge children’s growing awareness of audience and the concept of performance. Children learn to be involved in the planning and organization of the food, performance and play with parents.

Musical Homework

Each week Susan provides home music play. Home music play includes:We love our Musicalia bags!

We love our Musicalia bags!

  • Playing music games, learning music theory
  • Creative music writing accessible to young children
  • Building and borrowing instruments
  • Playing glockenspiel (yr. 1)
  • Playing recorder & ukulele (yr. 2)
  • Listening to new music, searching the home for musical discoveries, creative composing
  • Travelling gypsy drum (yr. 1)
  • Travelling harp (yr. 2).