Want your students to learn something other than guitars and drums in the music class? Take these couple of lesson ideas and inspire your students about violins and violas in your next music class. These are just a sample of our music lesson plans available in class.

Gather objects of different sizes, or collect pictures of such objects, or simply make a list of such objects (e.g., elephant, mouse, airplane, bicycle, etc.). Show or speak pairs of objects, and have the students indicate the relative size relationships with the words “violin‚” (for small) and ‚”viola” (for large). e.g. ‚”mouse, elephant‚” would be ‚”violin, viola” and “train, feather” would be ‚”viola, violin” This will help students remember the relative dimensions of the instruments, which may be a little tricky to remember.

Make a diddly bow (a rudimentary single-stringed blues instrument) 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. Greater string tension and shorter strings lead to faster vibrations, which in turn produce higher sounds.