Teaching Instruments and Sounds with Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!

Teaching Instruments and Sounds with Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! 

Pam West
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Chambersburg Area School District

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments




General Music


Midi Keyboard


30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:


NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing

NAfME Standards of 1994: Improvising melodies, harmonies, and accompaniments.

NAfME 2014: Creating

NAfME Standards of 1994: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

NAfME 2014: Connections


Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! ((Lloyd Moss/Simon & Schuster) midi keyboard list of general music assignments (from keyboard manual) pictures of instruments featured in the book


This lesson introduces primary level students to instruments by sight and sound. It also reinforces rhyming words and literacy. The students have a chance to be creative by improvising music on the keyboard and get their hands on the instrument.


As the teacher reads the book, the students will improvise short melodies using the sounds on the keyboard that coordinate with the instruments in hte book. As a review, a student will play a sound selected by the teacher randomly while another student finds it’s picture from a group.


Students will be able to identify several orchestral instruments by sight and sound.

Follow Up:

Anything to further enhance the instrumental lessons. At higher levels, the keyboard could be used to compare the sound qualities of the instruments in a family or play the same tune using different sounds.

Items to Purchase:

book (about $15) and a keyboard if they are not readily available

When budget should be submitted:


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