Want your students to learn something other than guitars and drums in the music class? Here are a few lesson planning ideas that will get your students inspired about stringed instruments.

firstly, compare the sizes of violins and violas with other objects of different sizes Demonstrate the differences between the pairs of objects and ask the students to recognize the relative size of the instruments with the terms “viola” for large and “violin” for small. For example, “elephant, mouse” would be “viola, violin” and ‚”bicycle, airplane” would be “violin, viola”  This will help students remember the relative dimensions of the instruments, which may be a little tricky to remember.

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You can make a home made diddly bow (a basic blues instrument with one string) by stretching a wire or string along a wooden plank.  You can place objects underneath the string at one of the ends to life the string up and alter its tension, and thus its pitch.  The diddly bow is an excellent tool as a teacher to demonstrate the effect of string length and string tension (press down on the string with a finger to effectively shorten the string.  Higher sounds are created by greater string tension and shorter strings