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Orff Instruments at Roosevelt

Roosevelt Xylophone

Roosevelt Elementary School, as part of the May 2017 Bond Issue, has received new musical instruments. New instruments include Orff Diatonic Xylophones, a Sabian Chinese Gong, and Remo African Tubano Drums. Roosevlet music teacher, Tracey Michalak, joined the West Bloomfield School District this Fall, and Orff is one of the strategies that she uses in the classroom. Mrs. Michalak is Level 3 Orff certified, having attended the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, and these instruments will allow her to integrate these strategies into the classroom. "In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: play! Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers. The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms" (Retrieved from 2017 American Orff-Schuwerk Association at

Pictured above: Is a Roosevelt student playing on an Orff Diatonic Xylophone.

Pictured Below: A Roosevelt student playing a Sabian Chinese Gong, and five students are playing Claves and Remo African Tubano Drums.

Roosevelt Gong

Roosevelt Drums