BALLINGER ELEMENTARY RECEIVES TWO NEW ORFF INSTRUMENTS (XYLOPHONES) AS THE RESULT OF A GRANT FUNDED BY TEXAS MUSIC EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION (TMEA)
Ballinger, TX – April 8, 2014 — Ballinger Elementary School was recently awarded $800.00 in grant funding by Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) to purchase educational materials that will help support the delivery of high quality music education to over 400 BES students. “We were able to purchase two Orff instruments for the students to use to create music and enrich their musical experiences at Ballinger Elementary,” said Ida Lee Ellis, Ballinger Elementary Music Teacher.
Teaching innovations by German composer Carl Orff emphasize the use of short, repeated melodic and rhythmic patterns on xylophones and rhythmic instruments to develop musical skills. The xylophones most used for this purpose are known as Orff instruments. These instruments are now used quite frequently in the music classes of Ballinger Elementary, especially in developing accompaniments for songs used in class. Read More