The Minnesota Orff Chapter is a community of educators, learners, musicians, and friends that seek to:
- Sustain and support all music teachers in both their professional development and their personal artistic growth.
- Promote the understanding and use of Orff Schulwerk principles in providing active, expressive and creative musical experience for all learners.
We Stand Together
As citizens and educators, we are heartbroken about the systemic racism that led to the murder of George Floyd in our very own state at the hands of a police officer who was charged with serving and protecting the community. Some of our Minnesota schools are located within the very same neighborhood and police precinct where George Floyd died. Unfortunately, his death is far from the first instance of violence against Black citizens at the hands of the police in our state and in our country.
Our students are our children. Our beloved Orff Schulwerk philosophy teaches us to respond to the whole child on a deeply human level through music and movement. Before all else, we want our classrooms and our schools to be safe places where all students are included and treated with equity and respect. But unless we can bring about societal and structural change, our Black and brown students cannot feel safe in our communities. We believe that Black lives matter, far beyond our students’ time with us in school.
To make a real and lasting change, we must start with ourselves. We must acknowledge that we are an all white board and that our organization is largely made up of white members. While we have made some strides in diversifying our list of clinicians, we must concede that diversity is not enough. In support of our Black students, families, and colleagues, we must actively strive to be the anti-racist organization that we should be. We must speak out about inequitable practices. We must refocus ourselves on culturally relevant curriculum. And we must hold ourselves and one another accountable to do better in keeping all children, especially our Black students and students of color, safe within our classroom walls and beyond them.
Please stay tuned for more soon on our action plan to address these vital issues. We are so excited to celebrate our 50th year with you.
The Minnesota Orff Board Members