Teaching about the Violin and Viola in the classroom

Learning about the string instruments in music class? These couple of ideas will inspire your students about playing stringed instruments in your next music class. These are just a few of the ideas included in our Music Lesson plans products.

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). 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.

Make a diddly bow (a rudimentary single-stringed blues instrument) by stretching a wire or string along a wooden plank. Insert objects beneath the string at either end to elevate the string and increase its tension. Use the diddly bow to explore the effects of string tension and string length (press down on the string with a finger to effectively shorten the string. Higher sounds are created by greater string tension and shorter strings