Here are a few ideas for lesson planning a lesson all about a Symphony Orchestra

You can arrange the classroom like an orchestra.  Place the names of instruments on the the students desks, or affix name stickers to individual students.  Allow students to be different instruments on different days.

Discuss different types of musical groups (e.g., concert band, marching band, jazz band, rock band, choir).  What are the similarities and differences between the orchestra and these other groups?

Discuss the relationship between the traditional sections of the orchestra and the Hornbostel-Sachs instrument classifications.  (Strings are chordophones; woodwinds and brass are aerophones; some percussion instruments are membranophones, others are idiophones.)

Here is an idea for a Long-term assignment: construct an instrument that demonstrates two or more of the Hornbostel-Sachs categories.

Discuss the science of musical instruments – the connection between vibration and sound

Then you could do a Guided Listening Activity featuring The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten, without narration. If you have assigned students to different instruments to the children’s seating positions above, they may stand or perform some action when their instrument is heard.  This is a relatively lengthy composition (over 17 minutes) so you may want to do different sections on different days.

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