Randolph, David, A Demonstration of the Instruments of the Orchestra. New York: Vanguard Classics, 1996. (2 CDs and Booklet)
Names of the orchestral instrument families.
Knowledge of the string instrument family.
Knowledge of the percussion instrument family
Various music examples, CD and tape player
Posters of instrument families
Posters of individual instruments
Printed copies of ‘Meet the Symphony’ Rap
Orchestra section puzzle
LESSONS Lesson One: REVIEW OF INSTRUMENTS
The students will review the names of the orchestral instrument families as learned in grade 1 and 2.
The students will identify by sight and sound the orchestral instruments of the string family.
The students will understand how sound is produced.
Review the string orchestral instruments.
Discover through experimentation and observation that sound is produced when an object vibrates rapidly.
Identify by sight and sound the string orchestral instruments.
Discover how sound is produced.
Experiment to discover how to change the pitch of sound.
Posters of the instrument families
Posters of the individual string orchestral instruments
CD or tape player
The string section of the orchestra section puzzle (from Appendix A)
On bulletin board - outline of orchestra onto which the section puzzle pieces will be placed as we study each family
Several sizes of rubber bands
Available string instruments with bows
Recorded examples: “Carnival of the Animals” by C. Saint-Saens: “The Swan” (cello) and “The Elephants” (string bass) movements, and “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi, 1st movement
Family - how musical instruments are grouped together
String family (violin, viola, cello, string bass) - instruments that use strings to produce sound
The Music-Science Connection, Music (Gr. 3)
2002 Core Knowledge® Conference