Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff approach, was conceived by Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman as a developmental approach to providing music education to students. While violin instruction provides a focused vehicle for music development, Orff combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to a child‘s world of play.

Learn more about Orff through the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, or you can contact our Artist-in-Residence, Shera Sinell.


Intermediate students (fourth and fifth grades) are also invited to participate in the Sojourner Marimba Program, Manhanga. This is a voluntary, after-school activity. Practice is after school, one day a week, and parents are responsible for picking up their student. There is an annual fee associated, which covers staffing, instruction, facility fees, insurance and a marimba t-shirt (scholarships are available).

To join Manhanga, your family will need to review and sign (parent and student) a contract that outlines participation expectations, as well as complete and return a permission form.

Intermediate families: To pay your Marimba Participation Fee, click here

Upcoming Events

5:00 pm Dine-Out Night at Burgerville
Dine-Out Night at Burgerville
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for Dine-Out Night from 5 – 8pm on Wednesday, October 18th at Burgerville (19119 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie, OR 97267). Please tell everyone you know —10% of all sales will benefit Sojourner! You[...]
8:00 am Coffee Talk with Sojourner Princ...
Coffee Talk with Sojourner Princ...
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Join us in the School Conference Room to mingle with Amy Busch, Rosina Hardy and other Sojourner parents. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the PTA. Questions? Contact Tara Lynn Nelson.
8:30 am Volunteer Training
Volunteer Training
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
New to Sojourner or have questions about how to get involved? Join us in the School Conference Room to learn more and discover your volunteer passions. Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
5:30 pm Sojourner Dance Night
Sojourner Dance Night
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the School Cafeteria for a fun night of music, dancing and games. Snack sales will benefit Fifth Grade Celebration. No costumes please. Donations needed![...]