Bringing Joy and Creativity Back to the Classroom with the Orff Approach

Steve and Alan talk with documentary filmmaker Samantha Campbell and legendary music educator Doug Goodkin about the Orff Schulwerk method in action. They discuss making jazz accessible to all ages, using improvisation across the curriculum, and reconnecting students through creativity and playfulness in music.

Links & References:

Doug Goodkin Website:

TED Talk: Learning Through Music and Art

Documentary Website: The Secret Song

Watch the Documentary: The Secret Song

Doug Goodkin

Doug Goodkin is an internationally recognized Orff Schulwerk teacher, training teachers in over 50 countries worldwide. He worked with children in The San Francisco School for 45 years until his retirement in 2020 and continues working as a consultant, mentor, guest teacher, workshop leader and performer in schools locally, nationally and internationally. He is the author of ten books, most recently Teach Like It’s Music and Jazz, Joy & Justice, director of The San Francisco International Orff Course and pianist and bandleader in the jazz quintet Doug Goodkin & the Pentatonics. He is featured in the documentary film The Secret Song that screened in some 25 film festivals and is currently showing on PBS. 

Samantha Campbell

Samantha Campbell is a filmmaker and advocate. She is the president of The Campbell Foundation, an organization committed to the protection of our natural resources. Her work is devoted to pursuing and advancing projects that lift up stories of human achievement, the environment, community, and the arts. Samantha lives in San Francisco, California with her two children. She will enthusiastically join any singalong. The Secret Song is her feature film directorial debut.

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