Teacher Review for Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten

A fresh version of an old favorite.

Sunshine M.
Music Teacher Pre-K-5
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My Subjects Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This is a great app that re-creates the magic of Britten's guide to the orchestra for children. I loved listening to this album as a child and was thrilled to see an app that breathed new life into an old favorite. The games are fun for younger students and the app provides a great extension of classroom music lessons about the orchestra. The aural listening games are great for younger students and at the higher levels students are required to detect timbre differences within families. This is a fantastic app for young students 3-5 and could be used in a music appreciation class or a Music in Our Lives class that serves older students or adults. The fugue game in the app was interesting and could be used to begin a lesson about form with younger students. The personality quiz was also cute. Again, could be best utilized with younger students, possibly those preparing to play an instrument in elementary band and orchestra groups.
My Take
I like this app quite a bit for extended practice in the younger grades. Older students who have not had much exposure to music and instruments of the orchestra might also enjoy this user friendly app. Older students most likely would not revisit the app and younger students most likely would get bored with the app after they exhaust what it has to offer. There isn't anything really to keep students engaged long term, but it would be a valuable tool for extensions of Instruments of the Orchestra lessons. The app would most likely be best used as a one time, stand alone exploratory application with students working and exploring the app at their own pace.