The Instruments of the Orchestra module contains fourteen lessons based on instruments found in a standard classical orchestra. Whether you teach in a school that uses a classical approach or a more modern Rock curriculum, you still need to cover the basics of all musical instruments with the students.
This is really written for around a junior high level, but we did not make this information too specific so that it can be relevant in both elementary and high school levels, depending on each school situation. We are not here to tell you what is appropriate for whom – you can decide that for yourself!
Here is a breakdown of the lessons included in this module:
This lesson covers seating positions, the instrument family names, and a description of how the different instrument families make sound. It is an ideal introduction to musical instruments for fundamental music lessons.
The Fun Sheet contains a crossword, plus a “Match the Instrument to its Family” game.
This lesson covers the role of the conductor, and how he works with the orchestra. The lesson also describes some simple beat patterns (duple, triple and quadruple), so the students can actually learn to be conductors!
The Fun Sheet contains a “find a word”, plus a name scramble of some famous conductors.
As well as covering the basics of the Violin and Viola such as the number of strings, the parts of the instrument and its history, the lesson also includes a description of basic playing techniques, including vibrato and pizzicato.
The Fun Sheet contains a “scattered parts puzzle” where students will need to be able to identify the various parts of the string instruments to put them together.
The Cello and Double Bass lesson covers the differences between the remaining members of the string family, and provides listening ideas for identifying the Cellos and Double Basses in the orchestra.
The Fun Sheet contains a fun scattered words activity, plus a decoding activity where the students will find the names of three famous cellists. We’ve included links to videos where they can hear and see these cellists playing.
In this lesson students will explore high sounds coming from the Flute and Piccolo, as well as learning about all their parts. The lesson plan contains some great directed listening activities to help the students become familiar with the sounds of the Flute.
The more unusual and interesting instruments in the orchestra provide a great resource for students. Its not boring at all when students “make” an oboe from a drinking straw and learn about the vibration of a double reed instrument.
Directed listening (from Peter and the Wolf, by Prokofiev) is tied in with activities on the Fact and Fun Sheets
Yes… we know that the saxophone is not really a “full time” member of the classical orchestra, but it is such an important instrument in Jazz and Concert Bands in schools that we felt it should be included with its own lesson here.
The students will learn lots of interesting facts about the history of the Saxophone, and its place in modern music.
Are you lucky enough to have a digital whiteboard or data projection system in your classroom?
I never was when I was teaching. My schools only had old fashioned whiteboards (and sometimes even blackboards!) however if you are lucky enough to have the modern technological aids note that this product is made to work with them.
digital projection system
Bonus #1 is a complete set of PowerPoint slides that are set up with all the Fact Sheet information, laid out in a logical way, so that you can click through the presentation and talk about the instruments in your classes.
We’ve even supplied the editable PowerPoint files, so if you have Microsoft PowerPoint or a compatible program you can edit them to your own specific needs.
If you don’t own PowerPoint Microsoft provide a free “PowerPoint player” which you can download free of charge to display the content (Your computer may already have this installed.)
microsoft powerpoint presentation included
Printable Flashcards To Match the Instruments Covered
We’ve created a special set of printable flashcards to accompany the instruments discussed in this module. These can be used for some of the games included in the lesson plans, as well as for making up your own games or as a recognition game to bring it all together.
These flashcards are printable in either large format (half page) or small format (approx 2”x4”) sizes, and include two versions – one with and one without the names.
Unlimited Updates And revisions
Like all our products here at the Fun Music Company we provide unlimited updates and revisions for the period of the license.
Think about it – this is way better than buying a conventional book. If we update something you’ll hear about it via email or the members area, and you’ll be able to download the corrected worksheet.
Sometimes, errors happen. Its unavoidable, and because the lesson plans contain links to other internet content (such as Videos and other resources) it is possible that these might change. This is outside of our control. For this reason, unlimited updates and revisions are really important so that you can be in touch with us and the other music teachers around the world utilizing these resources.
If you’re teaching this unit you may need a completion assessment or final test or exam to find out how well the students learned the content. You may need formal assessments to fulfill the requirements of your school or education department authority.Because these units are used for many different year levels we have provided a choice of three different assessments:
Level “E” (Easy) :
Suitable for upper elementary/primary students who have been working through this unit
Level “S” (Standard) :
Suitable for junior high school students who have done the entire course as an overview
Level “A” (Advanced) :
Suitable for junior high or high school students who have studied the work in detail
You can of course use more than one of these assessments if appropriate for your students. Like all of our resources, it is up to the teacher how best to implement them in the classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to do teach this module in the specified order?Developer One2020-10-06T20:36:13+00:00
Generally each lesson plan is one page of ideas, each Fact Sheet is one page, and each Fun Sheet is one page. We did this for simplicity, and so that your students can file them away easily in their books or folders.
We will give you the legal stuff of course, but the long and the short of it is that you have the right to print out as much as you need for your teaching. The only restriction is that you can’t re-sell or share the license with anyone else. That’s just common sense really!
Contact the Fun Music Company Helpdesk, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.
Lifetime printing license for Printable Music Lesson Plans Module One: Instruments of the Orchestra, including fourteen lessons:
Lesson One – The Orchestra Overview
Lesson Two – The Conductor
Lesson Three – The Violin and Viola
Lesson Four – Cello and Double Bass
Lesson Five – The Flute and Piccolo
Lesson Six – Oboe, English Horn and Bassoon
Lesson Seven – The Clarinet
Lesson Eight – The Saxophone
Lesson Nine – The Trumpet and Horn
Lesson Ten – The Trombone and Tuba
Lesson Eleven – Untuned Percussion
Lesson Twelve – Tuned Percussion
Lesson Thirteen – The Keyboard Instruments
Lesson Fourteen – The Harp
Bonus #1 Powerpoint Presentations
Bonus #2 Printable Flashcards
Bonus #3 Access to updates and revisions
Bonus #4 Completion Assessments (3 to choose from)