For Immediate Release October 31, 2016
Contact: Janet Walsh, Director, CPS Public Affairs: (513) 363-0023, 207-8181, email@example.com
U.S. Marines Deliver Donated Instruments to CPS Students
As part of a revitalized initiative to promote the arts in CPS elementary schools, musical tone bar instruments known as Orff instruments will be delivered to district elementary schools that receive federal funding because of their students’ economically disadvantaged status.
The United States Marine Corp Reserves Command Company 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, and Staff Sargent Russell R. Robertson, Motor Transport Chief, are volunteering their time and resources to deliver these instruments to CPS schools on October 31 and November 1.
Each of the elementary schools will be receiving 15 Orff instruments, including glockenspiels, xylophones and metallophones. Students will begin performing on these instruments immediately.
The Orff method of music education was developed by Carl Orff (1895-1982), a German composer, conductor and teacher. This method is a way of teaching children about music that engages their mind and body through a mixture of singing, dancing, acting and the use of percussion instruments (i.e. xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels).
Lessons are presented in an accessible format that allows children to learn at their own level of understanding. Used in a large group, teachers can create a student orchestra of these instruments. Used in a smaller group setting, these instruments become accompaniment for storytelling and movement and allow students to blend music, movement, dance, and speech.