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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.
Students 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.
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.
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.
To conduct an orchestra, a conductor’s conduct must be above reproach. What fun! Light a match under your readers by having them read a series of definitions and find the homograph that matches. If students don’t contest, you could conduct this exercise as a contest. An answer key is provided.