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The Found Objects Orchestra
Pupils create a class orchestra from objects they find around their home and backyard. In this orchestra lesson plan, students bring in different objects that they find and learn how to play beats with them even if they are not instruments.
1st - 4th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 4 Downloads
Orchestra Tax Battle
Young scholars read a newspaper article about the controversial taxation of an orchestra. They define vocabulary, complete comprehension worksheets, analyze the use of verb forms in the article and take a 'true or false' quiz.
10th - Higher Ed Social Studies & History 4 Views 6 Downloads
Orchestra: Focus on Rhythm and Arranging
High school orchestra is a great place to play music, like The Star Spangled Banner. Upper graders create new rhythms to the old song and perform them with the class. They rehearse their updated versions of the song using their instrument of choice.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 19 Downloads
The Role of the Opera Orchestra
Young scholars listen to and examine a recording of the opera Don Pasquale and study the various musical instruments in an orchestra. They discuss the difference between a symphony orchestra and an opera orchestra. Finally they play the music of the opera using either their own instruments or those that are handmade using household objects.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 6 Downloads
Brass Instruments of the Orchestra
In this orchestra worksheet, 7th graders read about the brass instruments which include the French horn, tuba, trombone, and the trumpet. They fill in the blanks in 8 sentences about the brass section of the orchestra.
7th Visual & Performing Arts 15 Views 59 Downloads
Instruments of the Orchestra
Sixth graders explore orchestra music. In this recognizing musical instrument lesson, 6th graders are introduced to the many instruments used to create orchestra music. Students go online to read about and listen to the instruments. An aural quiz is given at the end of the lesson.
6th Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 48 Downloads
The Ultimate Instrument!
Third graders identify the four instrument families of the symphony orchestra. They listen to the instruments and compare the similarities and differences of each of the four families. They design and create an instrument that belongs to a specific family of the symphony orchestra.
3rd Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 51 Downloads
Be Sharp and Never Flat
An outstanding lesson on music awaits your young composers! They learn about patterns found in music, the different sections of an orchestra, and see the differences between musicians and a composer. Excellent streamed videos and good worksheets are included in this outstanding lesson plan.
2nd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 39 Downloads
Reviewing Good Playing Habits
The string section of your school orchestra can get a proper form make-over by incorporating this lesson. They reestablish proper playing form, posture, and sound as they compose an essay on how to maintain good playing habits during summer break.
5th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 1 Download
Identifying Instruments and Families
Fourth graders complete with the class a KWL chart and discuss prior knowledge of orchestras. They visit websites to discover instruments and families of the orchestra and discuss appropriate audience behavior prior to going to a concert hall.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads
Orfeo: Sinfonie e Ritornelli
Young scholars identify the dramatic expression made by performance and how it relates to the content of the story L'Orfeo. They determine the form of orchestra and each instrumental group within the orchestra for this piece.
9th - 11th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
Meet Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov!
Students listen to music and review instruments of the orchestra. They explore musical terms, solo, texture and theme of the music and discuss other features of the music. Students research and discuss the life of Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov.
8th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 10 Downloads
Star Spangled Banner: For Orchestra
Middle schoolers practice playing "The Star Spangled Banner" while focusing on phrasing. They work with the instructor to mark the lyrics and music, then play the song using the phrasing indicated. Several cross-curricular extension activities are included.
6th - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 6 Views 16 Downloads
Introduction To The Orchestra
Students listen to a book, "Meet the Orchestra." They observe a PowerPoint presentation, listen to the sounds in "Peter and the Wolf" and then match illustrations of instruments to their specific sound. Students identify instrument families and create a chart.
3rd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts 9 Views 40 Downloads
The Classical Orchestra
Young scholars study the classical orchestra in this technology-based general music lesson for the high school classroom. Emphasis is placed on the use of the "Microsoft Musical Instruments" software. This lesson can be accomplished in one class period.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 17 Downloads