Joshi Marshall Teaching Biography
Joshi’s teaching career began over fifteen years ago when he taught his first private saxophone lesson. Since then throughout the bay area he has taught in numerous Pre-K through 8th grade classrooms, coached multiple youth rock and roll bands, conducted after school music enrichment programs and directed music summer camps. In 2012 Joshi gained his Orff Music Specialist Teacher Certification, and in 2013 he co-founded the Pentatonics, with Doug Goodkin, a band of professional jazz musicians and educators that make jazz music that is accessible to kids and adults with multiple strategies for audience involvement and participation.
Joshi is currently the Music Teacher for Grades 3-8 at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. Prior to teaching at Presidio Hill School, he taught K-5 music and was the 4-5 Band Director at Chabot Elementary School in Oakland. He also taught after school enrichment classes at Chabot Elementary School, Emerson Elementary School in Berkeley, and Prospect Sierra Elementary School in El Cerrito.
Joshi conducts Orff workshops at the San Francisco Jazz Center for youth, as well as co-teaches Orff workshops for San Francisco Unified School District Educators. In the summer months he directs his popular Bobcat Music Summer Camp. When he’s not busy teaching, he gigs with his band the Joshi Marshall Project.
What is Orff Schulwerk (“Orff”)?
Joshi is a certified Orff Schulwerk (“Orff”) Music Instructor. Orff is a holistic way to teach and learn music. It is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language.
Orff happens in a non-competitive atmosphere where one of the rewards is the pleasure of making good music with others. When the children want to write down what they have composed, reading and writing find their moment.
Orff uses poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as examples and basic materials. These may be traditional or original. Spoken or sung, they may be accompanied by clapping and stamping or by drums, sticks, and bells.
The special Orff melody instruments include wooden xylophones and metal glockenspiels that offer good sound immediately. Played together as in a small orchestra, their use helps children become sensitive listeners and considerate participants.
With Orff, improvisation and composition start students on a lifetime of knowledge and pleasure through personal musical experience. Learning is meaningful only if it brings satisfaction to the learner, and satisfaction arises from the ability to use acquired knowledge for the purpose of creating. For both teacher and student, Orff is a theme with endless variation.
Why is Orff Schulwerk so great for kids? Current research indicates that children need a balance between emotional and intellectual stimulation to develop as healthy human beings. Orff Schulwerk provides this balance through total, active involvement in music making. Orff Schulwerk is a teaching and learning approach, not a method. Its uniqueness lies in the incorporation of the spoken word with singing, movement and instrument playing as learning tools. With Orff Schulwerk, improvisation and composition start students on a lifetime of knowledge and pleasure through personal musical experience.
To learn more about Orff, visit American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA):