Learning about keyboard instruments and their history

The piano has several less known cousins which are important for us to introduce into the music classroom: the celesta, harpsichord and organ. They are great to include in music lesson plans. Discuss with students the similarities and differences among keyboard instruments. The keyboard instrumentsRead more…

Students learning tuned percussion in the classroom?

To help students understand how timpani can be tuned, demonstrate the effect of membrane tension on pitch. With a coffee can drum (see lessons on Untuned Percussion), you can often vary the tension of the skin by simply pressing or pulling at the edges ofRead more…

The Organ, Harpsichord and Celesta – the piano’s cousins in the music class

The piano has several less known cousins which are important for us to introduce into the music classroom: the celesta, harpsichord and organ. Discuss with students the similarities and differences among keyboard instruments. The keyboard instruments are related to each other in that they areRead more…

An unusual instrument to teach about in your music class

Have a look at the length of the string, and discus the effect on its pitch Ask students to predict whether longer strings will create lower-pitched sounds or vice versa. Here is an interesting question to discuss with your students: Why do we use theRead more…

Teaching students about the orchestra and keyboard instruments in the music class

The piano has several less known cousins which are important for us to introduce into the music classroom: the celesta, harpsichord and organ. Show and talk about the different aspects and characteristics of the keyboard instruments. The keyboard instruments are related to each other inRead more…

Learn about the sound of angels: The Harp

Have a look at the length of the string, and discus the effect on its pitch Ask students to predict whether longer strings will create lower-pitched sounds or vice versa. Ponder this with your students: Why do you think people use the word “low” toRead more…

Class Music ideas about the Harpsichord and related instruments

The piano has several less known cousins which are important for us to introduce into the music classroom: the celesta, harpsichord and organ. Show and talk about the different aspects and characteristics of the keyboard instruments. The keyboard instruments are related to each other inRead more…

The piano and its relative instruments – a classroom music lesson

There are several other instruments which are related to the piano which are important for us to introduce to school students. They are the organ, celesta and harpsichord. Show and talk about the different aspects and characteristics of the keyboard instruments. The keyboard instruments areRead more…

Music Theory for Rock Musicians

Thoughts from our Editor Kevin Tuck: I always found it an interesting experience to play in a Rock Band. I played the drum kit in a wide variety of styles of music from rock and roll through light pop. had a background in classical musicRead more…

Lesson planning ideas about the Harp

Here’s just a few ideas for writing a music lesson plan about the Harp. Discuss the effect of string length on pitch. Have the students guess if longer or shorter strings will produce higher or lower sounds. Here is an interesting question to discuss withRead more…