We have also been using more of the Orff approach of music education in the primary. Orff uses music, movement, drama, and speech to develop young musicians in a natural way. It has been a great way of bringing the other performing arts into the music room.
At the Festival of Lights performance, you may have noticed the use of xylophones and percussion instruments as well as some of the grades including some movement as part of their performance. That was integrated using an Orff approach and the students helped to create it.
The Orff approach is a great fit with the PYP and this is summed up well with a quote from the composer Carl Orff himself “Tell me, I forget, show me, I remember, involve me, I understand.”