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Music Program: Marimbas


​The children's weekly classroom music lesson is taught in line with the ideology of Austrian composer Carl Orff and his 'Orff Schulwerk' approach to artistic expression and response using the medium of creative improvisation.

At North Arm, the instruments of choice are marimbas (large home-made xylophones), drums and small percussion. These are popular with the children as they are easy to play and fun, the ambidexterity gained by playing an instrument with both hands equally, lending itself to expedient learning, building confidence and self esteem.

The classroom music program is 'hands-on', and includes improvisation and composition, musical literacy and creative movement. Repertoire is drawn from contemporary and world music.

The marimba band performance program occurs at playtime, and is an extra-curricular activity, where the children learn more complex pieces and present them at various community events, representing their school as North Arm Marimbas.