Instrument Concentration Game for Early Childhood/Elementary

Instrument Concentration Game for Early Childhood/Elementary

Amy Burns
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Far Hills Country Day School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Instructional Software




General Music


This lesson can be done in a computer lab or one computer connected to a TV, projection screen, or a SMARTboard. The computer requires internet access and sound.


15 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

This lesson coordinates with a unit on musical instruments and their sounds. The only prior knowledge the young students would need to know is the names and visualizations of the instruments.

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


You will need a computer with Internet access projected onto a TV, or a projection screen, or a SMARTboard. This projection requires an adapter that runs from your computer into the screen. The computer also requires sound. In addition, this lesson can be done in a computer lab. The website that you will be using is (New York Philharmonic KidZone)


The students will be able to correctly identify orchestral musical instruments through sight and sound. In addition, they will be able to match the instruments with their sounds.


1. Before class, open Internet browser. 2. Type in this address: This is the site for the New York Philharmonic KidZone. 3. Click on “Music Match Instruments” 4. Choose the level to play. There are three levels. The higher the level, the more choices your students will have to match. If this were a first grade class, level 1 or 2 would be appropriate. 5. When the students walk into the room, have them sit down facing the TV (or projection screen or the SMARTboard screen). They will see the concentration game up on screen). 6. Ask them if they have ever played “Concentration” or a matching game before. 7. Explain to them that they will be finding the match of the first card that they flip. For example, if they flip over the clarinet card, then they will be needing to find the other clarinet card. 8. Choose a student to go to the computer and by using the mouse that comes with the computer, flip over the first card. The card will play an excellent audio excerpt of that instrument. 9. The student then flips over another card to see if it was the match. The students will know if it matched through visual and audio cues. 10. Choose a student for each turn. Play until all of the cards are flipped over. If not all of the students have had a turn, start a new game and play until everyone has had a turn.


The students will correctly be able to name the orchestral instruments through sight and sound. The more you play the game, the better the students will become at naming the instruments through their pictures and their audio sounds. For younger students (PreK-Kindergarten), the experience of seeing and hearing the sounds of the instruments will be the result, as opposed to being able to name all of the instruments and identify all of their sounds.

Follow Up:

There are various ways to follow-up this lesson. The teacher could play Instrument Bingo to reinforce the concepts of this lesson. The teacher could give pictures of the instruments to young students and arrange the students in the orchestral seating positions. Then the teacher could choose one student to be the conductor. The teacher could play any orchestral piece that features instrumental families (like Karl MacDonald’s “Children Symphony 1st movement” or Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Symphony”) and have the students hold up their instruments’ pictures when they hear their instruments performing.

Items to Purchase:

If you have a computer in your classroom with Internet access, then there are no additional materials needed to make this lesson possible. You might need to purchase an adapter that will let your computer screen project to a TV. However, please ask around school because it is likely that an adapter might already exist in the school. The only extra step you might need to take is to sign out the TV, projection screen, or SMARTboard in advance.

When budget should be submitted:

If you need to purchase the adapter, check the make and model of the computer to determine the proper adapter. These adapters are inexpensive and can be purchased at anytime.


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