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Students explore the orchestra. In this music lesson, students use found instruments from their homes to make music as a class orchestra.
Students 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.
Using the San Francisco Children's Orchestra web site, first graders build listening and instrument identification skills. Each child wears head phones, listens to ID, and finds various instruments on the included worksheet. 
Students 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.
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. 
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.
For 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.
Students receive a musical instrument of the orchestra and the family it belongs to. They run when the teacher calls either the instrument or the family.
Sixth graders explore orchestra music. In this recognizing musical instrument instructional activity, 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 instructional activity.
Students listen to a recording of Suite for Orchestra No. 3 by J. S. Bach, review and recognize basic musical instruments by sight, and begin to recognize sounds of some instruments.
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 activity 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.
In this music worksheet, learners locate names of instruments found in a traditional orchestra as well as some general music terms.
In this word-search instructional activity, student search for twenty-nine music terms having to do with instruments of the symphony orchestra.
Students demonstrate knowledge of musical instruments and the families of the orchestra. They acknowledge different voice types found in opera. Students interpret emotional expressions through listening. They compose sounds to express emotions.
In this music worksheet, students read about the 4 main brass instruments in the orchestra: trumpet, horn, trombone, and tuba. Students also write the missing words into 8 sentences.
The string section of your school orchestra can get a proper form make-over by incorporating this lesson plan. They reestablish proper playing form, posture, and sound as they compose an essay on how to maintain good playing habits during summer break. 
Students explore the orchestra and identify the sounds of common musical instruments.
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.
Students listen to selected solo instruments and place the instrument in its correct family of instruments; students also identify from listening to examples: orchestra, band, vocal solo, and choral performance.

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