LOOKING TO THE ROOTS: A Guide to Understanding Orff Schulwerk— Wolfgang Hartmann (2021)

A look at the historical roots of the Schulwerk with ideas of how to keep them forever contemporary in today's classrooms. 


ORFF SCHULWERK IN DIVERSE CULTURES: An Idea That Went Round the World—Edited by Barbara Haselbach & Carolee Stewart (2021)

A collection of articles by some 70 authors from over 25 countries describing how Orff Schulwerk has evolved in their country and impacted their music education culture. This is Volume II of the series Texts on Theory and Practice of Orff-Schulwerk (2011-Schott Pub.)    




TEACH LIKE IT'S MUSIC: An Artful Approach to Education—Doug Goodkin (2019)

Ideas and details as to how to make music classes—and all classes—more musical and flowing with an artful shape and design.

BOOM CHICK A BOOM: Jazz for All Ages - Doug Goodkin & the Pentatonics:(2018)

Available now at: Spotify or iTunes or purchase it at CD Baby or


FROM WIBBLETON TO WOBBLETON: Adventures with the Elements of Music and Movement— James Harding (2013)

Bringing Orff Schulwerk alive with creative play.

ALL BLUES: Jazz for the Orff Ensemble — Doug Goodkin (2012)

Combining jazz education with the dynamic approach of Orff Schulwerk. Features Orff ensemble arrangements of over 20 classic jazz blues tunes.

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BLUE IS THE SEA: Teaching the Whole Child Through Music & Visual Arts - Sofia Lopez-Ibor (2011)

The definitive book on imaginative and child-friendly arts integration via the Orff approach. 



INTERY MINTERY: Nursery Rhymes for Body, Voice and Orff Ensemble - Doug Goodkin (2008)

Features 48 arrangements and activities for preschool and elementary, usable by both music and language arts teachers.


THE ABC'S OF EDUCATION: A Primer for Schools to Come- Doug Goodkin (2006)

A trip through the alphabet to reimagine 26 ways in which education can change to meet children's deepest needs.

NOW'S THE TIME: Teaching Jazz to All Ages — Doug Goodkin (2004)

The groundbreaking book showing how to teach jazz via Orff Schulwerk to children of all ages.


Also: Now's The Time: Jazz for All Ages - Companion CD set for the book.

Two CDs, 42 pieces of all arrangements in the book plus bonus tracks, performed by The San Francisco School Orff Ensembles.



  • Name Games: Alfred Pub: 20 musical ways to learn names and create compositions.
  • A Rhyme in Time: Alfred Pub: 20 activities for music and language arts development.
  • Sound Ideas: Alfred Pub: Activities for percussion circle based on Multiple Intelligences.
  • Play, Sing and Dance: An Introduction to Orff Schulwerk: Schott Publishers: A comprehensive look at the various Orff media, with photos of children at The SF School

Play, Sing and Dance Cover


These publications can be ordered from:

US and international except Canada 

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About Pentatonic Press

Pentatonic Press was formed by Doug Goodkin in 2004 with the following goals:

• To further the development of Orff Schulwerk through quality materials, ideas and processes grown from work with children of all ages. 

• To attend to the roots of quality music education while exploring new territory. 

• To provide a model of music and dance at the center of school curriculums, revealing their inherent connection with all subjects and their ability to cultivate community.

• To use music as a vehicle to reveal and cultivate each child’s remarkable potential as an artist, citizen and compassionate human being. 

• To offer full artistic control over the presentation of published material.

Pentatonic Press’s growing catalogue includes six published books and two CD’s. 

Upcoming projects include such diverse subjects as guidelines for effective teaching, , Ghanaian xylophone music, Ghanaian children’s games, Balinese music for children, jazz piano for all, pentatonic, modal and harmonic music from the world repertoire for children of all ages, a collection of songs for all occasions and more.