Great Big House and Other Folk Songs for Orff Instruments, Unison Voices

Grade Levels
2nd - 6th
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52 pages
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Great Big House! (3rd Edition), arranged for Orff instruments, recorder, and voices, is a collection of folk songs of various cultures. The newest edition of this ever-popular resource now includes more songs, more instructional directions and teaching tools for teachers. Students will love these classroom-tested and concert-ready arrangements, and you will find them valuable for both the classroom while also being worthy of concert programming with high audience-appeal. Each arrangement includes voices, recorders, or both, and can be performed as an all-inclusive musical feature.

Each "Orffestration" is comrpised of simple parts that, when played together, create a rich musical texture. This approach creates works that can be learned by a general music class or special performance ensemble while also being worthy of concert programming with high audience-appeal. The Title Work, "Great Big House" won 2nd place (USA) in the 2011 Sonor-Orff Instrument Composition Challenge.

The parts in each arrangement are written for varied skill levels, helping you to match parts to students' abilities and apply differentiated learning in your classroom. The results is every student succeeds at their level, building their individual musical confidence.

There are opportunities for students to learn about key compositional elements such as introductory and ending sections to frame the work, form, solo elements, timbre and textures, part-independence and part-relationships, creating imagery with sound, and more. There are many key musical concepts that can be revealed to students, creating a springboard for detailed, high-order discussions and student reflection.

Build music literacy and musicianship through songs and arrangements that students will simply find fun to play! GREAT BIG HOUSE will make a worthy addition to your library of classroom and performance resources!


• 12 arrangements, from various cultures.

• Designed for the general classroom or showcasing in performance.

• Built-in differentiated learning.

• Full score of each arrangement.

• Individual printable instrument parts.

• Audio Tracks

• Instrument bar (notes used) color visuals for digital presentation.

• Flexible part design, allowing for part substitutions or omitting parts as needed.

Featured Songs:

• Arirang

• Skin and Bones

• Great Big House

• O, How Lovely Is The Evening

• Mango Walk

• Morning Is Come

• Old Gray Cat

• Phoebe

• Pitter, Patter

• Sally Go 'Round The Sun

• Scotland's Burning

• Tumba

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52 pages
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