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367 resources with the concept instruments

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Exploring Instruments

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Orchestral instruments are the focus of this introductory presentation. Learners identify individual instruments on slide two and then read about the characteristics of six other instruments typically used in orchestral pieces. 
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Exploring Pentatonic Scales

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
What better way to teach pentatonic scales than to have them playing while you define them? This slide-show includes simple yet correct descriptions of five note scales in C, G, and F major as well as examples for learners to hear. 
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Let's Make Noise

For Teachers 2nd
Musical instruments and the sounds they make are the focus of this lesson. First, your young musicians brainstorm a list of instruments on the board. Then, they attempt to describe the sound, or "pitch" each one makes and to tell how the...
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Instrument Families

For Teachers 4th - 5th
From the clarinet to maracas, this PowerPoint covers various instruments in the 4 instrument families: woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion. Descriptions and pictures of instruments in the four families are provided. Slides 19-22...
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The Parts of a Trombone

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Learn all of the parts of a trombone with this video. Clear text and photos provide viewers with the part names and their purpose.
6:08
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Piano Lessons - Beginning Chords

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Now that you're becoming more familiar with the piano, learn beginning chords and play "Mary Had a Little Lamb!" Consider writing down the chord pattern (or printing it off line) before attempting to follow along with the video.
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Piano Lessons - Coordinating Your Left and Right Hands

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Learn your first piano scale! Focus on hand placement and moving your right and left hands in coordination. Consider watching this video all the way through before attempting to follow along on your piano; it could be a tad confusing!
5:04
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Piano Lessons - Intro To The Keyboard

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Jump right to it! Learn the parts of the keyboard, and start playing almost immediately! Hand placement and beginning notes are also covered. This is a great introduction if you're teaching how to play the piano.
5:20
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Piano Lessons - Playing Right Hand Melodies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Play a song without even realizing it! Notes for "When the Saints Go Marching In" are demonstrated, but consider fast-forwarding the video until the time reads 5:12, so you can have a copy by your side. This is part one of two.
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How To Play Violin/Fiddle - The Wayfaring Stranger

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Ian, the presenter, walks you through the first notes after playing "The Wayfaring Stranger" one time through. His teaching style moves quickly, so pause the video to give yourself time to practice!
5:38
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Piano Lessons - Playing Left Hand Melodies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Now that you've learned "When the Saints Go Marching In" on your right hand, learn it on your left! Take out the copy of your notes and start practicing!
5:19
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How To Play Violin/Fiddle - The Swan - Position Shifting

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Listen as Paul plays "The Swan," which requires a lot of position switching. This video does not include a lesson, just a clip of the song being played.
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Piano Lessons - Playing Major & Minor Chords

For Teachers 5th - 12th
You've already started playing melodies on your left and right hands, now it's time to play major and minor chords! This video provides clear demonstrations and allows you the opportunity to practice along.
5:24
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Piano Lessons - Left Hand Bass Notes & Right Hand Melodies

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Review "When the Saints Go Marching In" on your right hand and incorporate some notes with your left hand. If you can master this, you're ready for more complex songs!
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Loud or soft?

For Students K - 3rd
Send this cute activity home with kids, to increase family involvement. They'll consider what would happen if rice was bounced in a tambourine, and then they'll complete a sound activity by makings an instrument out of wax paper and a...
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Band On Line

For Teachers 6th
In 1996, using the Internet to enhance learning was a new innovation. While the lesson here is a bit outdated, it could still provide a basic understanding of how technology can enhance music appreciation. Members of the school band...
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Grade 2: Music/Valentine's Day

For Teachers 2nd
Play and sing a Valentine's song with your second graders. They'll follow along allow as you demonstrate how to sing and keep a steady beat on non-pitched percussive instruments. While the music lesson has a Valentine theme, that theme...
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Musical Role Models

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students identify instruments and their sounds and use them to model their own orchestra. After choosing an instrument to investigate further, they research to become familiar with the sound of the instrument, how the sound is created,...
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Harmony with Drones

For Teachers 6th - 9th
A drone is the simplest of all harmonies, you'll play or sing an example and your class will follow along. They listen to, and then play or sing drones. Two pieces containing drones are included for you to print, pass out, and play.
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Let's Make Music!

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students create musical instruments filled with popcorn. They use a variety of common containers to make instruments which they play along with music on CD's.
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Sea Shell

For Teachers 4th
The glockenspiel, xylophone, and woodblock players all mirror the musical pattern before they play the song, "Sea Shell." Pitch, rhythm, and playing as an ensemble are the focuses of this early music lesson to be used with the text,...
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The Dove That Flew Away

For Teachers 5th
Prior to playing their Tutti instruments, fifth graders practice harmony, pitch, and rhythm. They sing, clap, and echo the musical pattern they are going to play, focusing on harmony and pitch. They then practice the same song on their...
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Play Music in a Rhythmic Manner

For Teachers 5th
A big part of reading notes is knowing the counts or beats they represent. Fifth graders say, "Clap," then play the musical notes, paying close attention to the length of time each one is held or played. Sheet music for the rhythmic song...
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Cape Cod Chantey

For Teachers 6th
Instruct your class on basic music notation, rhythm, pitch, and harmony as they practice keeping a beat to the song, "Cape Cod Chantey." They'll practice individually and then as a group. This song can be found in the text, Spotlight on...