3rd grade to 6th grade

Stony Brook Orff Ensemble is the Stony Brook University Children's Music Program for children entering 3rd Grade through 6th Grade in the Fall of 2018. In the Orff Ensemble, children will Sing, Say, Dance and Play with Orff instruments. Activities will include:

  • Singing (canons)
  • Playing instruments (pitched and non-pitched percussion including xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, drums and more)
  • Moving (singing games and dances)
  • Improvising (on instruments and vocally)
  • Integrated arts (add a folk tale or children’s story)

OrffThe Orff approach is a way of introducing and teaching children about music on a level that they can easily comprehend. Musical concepts are learned through activities children enjoy. Singing, chanting, dance, movement, drama and the playing of percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition and a child's natural sense of play are encouraged.

Pitched mallet percussion instruments used in the Orff Ensemble include xylophones (soprano, alto, bass), metallophones (soprano, alto, bass), and glockenspiels (soprano and alto). The use of non-pitched percussion instruments are categorized into three families including wood, metal and skins. Typical instruments used in the Orff class include castanets, maracas, woodblocks, triangles, tambourines, gongs, bongos, conga drums and hand drums.


$750/year (26 sessions)

Tuition is due in full by December 1, 2018. Need-based financial aid is available to eligible families.


First Steps in Music Level 1 (Pre-K and Kindergarten)
Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM, Music Building Room 0111

First Steps in Music Level 2 (1st grade and 2nd Grade)
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM, Music Building Room 0111

Stony Brook Orff Ensemble (3rd grade to 6th grade)
Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Music Building Room 0111



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