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Meet the Families

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Emry Gensler Hromec Wojcik

Every orchestra is made up of families – four to be exact.  This lesson invites you to meet these wonderfully diverse familes and the members who make up the voice we hear at the symphony.

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Which Instrument Are You?

Posted Aug 13, 2009 by Bonnie Redfern

To accomplish goals, members of families must cooperate, just as members of the orchestra must cooperate to create beautiful music. Similarly, students in a classroom have similar constructs; everyone must do their best for themselves as well as for the good of the whole.  This lesson helps students understand that an orchestra, a family and a classroom must work together to accomplish great things.

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Instrument and Visual Appreciation of Art

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Kathy Smith

Students will learn to appreciate the beauty of the instruments in an orchestra, differentiate the sounds created by the instruments and relate the music to artwork Los Tres Musicos by Pablo Picasso, and the following exhibits at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum: The Guitar: Art, Artists and Artisans; The Power of Music - Photographic Portraits of Americans and their Musical Instruments 1860-1915.

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Landscape in Music and Art

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Marcia Greenwood

This unit is designed to integrate the elements of landscape design and elements of music. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade are asked to consider American landscapes as they learn how one musician, Aaron Copland, created music that is distinctly American - a musical American landscape. Teachers could certainly do one lesson from the unit and not the entire unit.

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The Sound I See

Posted Apr 30, 2010 by Chris LeMoyne

This lesson represents a yearlong partnership with the local Symphony. My students studied all four musical instrument families - strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion, coinciding with the schedule of the local Symphony. With each instrument family we did free line drawings of instruments (violin, trumpet, flute and timpani). The lessons include visual art, live music and active listening. Finally, their experience will bring an understanding of the culture and climate of the Symphony, as it becomes truly accessible to students of all socio/economic backgrounds.

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An African Safari into Creativity

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Janet Rowland

In this lesson students will assign an orchestral instrument to an African animal, using characteristics which they have in common. The students will write a cinquain poem and create a poster (collage) with their African animal as the theme.

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Autumn Leaves

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Jini Maxwell

This lesson involves two genres of music: a classical composition, Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, Autumn from Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi; and a jazz rendition of Autumn Leaves, by Joseph Kosma and lyrics by poet Jacques Prévert, performed by Wynton Marsalis. The children are given and bring background information about the fall season, particularly how leaves fall off of a tree or blow in the wind. The children engage in an activity where they can drop a leaf and watch it fall or blow.

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Introduction to the Orchestra

Posted Dec 21, 2010 by Gail Claus

Students will gain a basic knowledge of acoustics, the families of instruments in the orchestra, an instrument’s pitch range, and how sound is produced by an instrument.

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A Fork is a Fork is a Fork ... Or is it?

Posted Feb 15, 2011 by Jana Jean

Ever see a glass tuning fork? Are some materials better suited to make tuning forks? Students will learn the history of the tuning fork and the latest technological advances. They will learn how a tuning fork works and why some materials are better suited to make tuning forks.

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6-8 9-12

Peter and the Wolf with Puppetry

Posted Mar 09, 2011 by Kathy Davis

This is a simplified version of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf taught in a developmental delay program for special needs students and English language learners, ages 3 to 6 years. It is easily adapted to meet the needs of older children with the same educational needs. The purpose of the lesson is to provide the students with a variety of experiences performing and telling the story of the fable that Sergei Prokofiev has set to music, and to introduce the students to various instruments of the orchestra.

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Quilting Your Way through the Orchestra

Posted May 16, 2011 by Dana McBurney

Students will recognize the instruments of the orchestra from sight and sound by utilizing the www.sfskids.org website. They will compare the sounds of different instruments and learn to classify them into four families. Students will make their own fabric square to be sewn into a quilt that will be displayed in the classroom.

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PK-2 3-5

Duke Ellington and the Nutcracker Suite

Posted Jun 07, 2011 by Heidi Aarts Michels

Students will be introduced to the great jazz composer and band leader, Duke Ellington by listening to his re-composed, re-orchestrated version of Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, following a previously taught thematic lesson about Tchaikovsky's classic. Students use there prior knowledge of musical concepts and the instrumentation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite  to recognize similar melodies in Ellington's work to that of Tchaikovsky. Share and Discuss > View Lesson Plan (PDF 0.1MB)

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