We’re Orff’ aims to ‘demystify’ the Orff Approach to music education and make it fun and accessible to all teachers. Each unit steps teacher & students effortlessly through the Orff technique, to teach musical skills and create a fun performance.

So – what is Orff?

Our publisher, Mark Leehy, chats to Tamara O’Brien.

Tamara O’Brien – We’re Orff co-author

Tamara is an award-winning composer for the screen as well as a talented and engaging educator. She has won a string of notable awards for her writing and has conducted and recorded in world class facilities in Sydney and LA. She gives lectures in both Film Music and activities in the Orff approach. Tamara currently runs her own Early Childhood Music classes as well as teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy with children 3-10yrs, and runs adult classes in Scoring for the Screen. She writes music for a variety of projects ranging from documentaries to animations and online game trailers.

Mark Carthew – We’re Orff co-author

Mark is an award winning Australian author and educator well known for his books and series exploring wordplay, music, movement and drama, with his illustrated play-script series VoiceWorks having sold over a million copies worldwide. Mark’s latest releases include Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots, Wicked Wizards & Leaping Lizards and Witches’ Britches, Itches & Twitches! Mark’s picture books include Five Little Owls and The Gobbling Tree, winner of Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year 2009. His anthology with music CD Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure was noted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia as a Notable Book, Early Childhood. Mark is currently a Lecturer and the Program Coordinator Primary Education at Swinburne University of Technology.