String Family and Orchestra

String Family and orchestra

anna anderson
[email protected]
woodward elementary, southboro, ma

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Multimedia/Digital Media




General Music


computer, LCD projector, internet connection


45 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

listening skills

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

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

NAfME 2014: Responding 


computer, internet connection, bookemarked websites:
alternative site to explore:


-Students will learn about the 4 orchestra instrument families and get familiarized with the timbres of various instruments.


1. Eine Kleine Nachtmusic by Mozart will be playing as the students walk in.
2. Students and teacher will greet each other by singing names song. (“Hello, Tommy. Hello, Mrs. Anderson” on two pitches)
3. Students echo clap rhythms, saying do, de, du.
4. Students will echo intervals on solfa syllables.
5. Students will learn an “Orchestra Round” in the book or rounds by Liz Glipatrick.
6. Brainstorm on what kind of instruments there are. Teacher puts them in 4 categories as students raise hands, or a student that gives an answer records the name of the instrument after teacher directs them to one of the four poster sheets or corners of the board.
7. Go to Midi Saurus web site listed above.
8. Explore the 4 instrument families and listen to each individual instrument. Concentrate on String Family and its history (briefly).
9. Introduce the word TIMBRE, have a card with the word prepared and add it to the word wall display.
10. I can demonstrate a short piece on the violin, having had a short talk on audience skills expectations.
11. Students will listen to the Rondo of Ene Kleine.
12. Students will describe and discuss the music (facilitated by teacher) Point out that this is a special kind of orchestra–String Orchestra
13. Show the video of an orchestra (my Northboro group)
14. If time is left, go to the site’s composers page and listen to strings playing Vivaldi’s Spring.


Evaluation: Have students turn around, away from the computer and have them guess which instrument is sounding, also they should identify the family if they can.
Teacher will evaluate how well the discussion goes by how many things the students are able to hear. Teacher then should plan to include those things that were not recognized during listening into future lessons.

Follow Up:

Follow Up:
1. Students can do HW, finding history on a chosen instrument or family from the Instrument encyclopedia web site (given above)
2. Teacher can print out pages from the web site and display them in the class or on the bulletin board
3. Instrument Bingo games can be played
4. Next, percussion family can be explored in the following lesson
5. Eine Kleine piece can be put on Orff instruments, (keyboard or violin) played by the teacher. This piece can be performed at the end of the year with all 3rd grade strings students arrangement.
6. Explore Mozart’s biography
7. Introduce woodwinds by playing the theme on recorder for the students

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