Lesson Plan

Instrument Timbre and Composition

listen and analyze differences in instrument timbre through a composition project
Marcia Anne R.
Classroom teacher
Stamford American Internatioanl School
Singapore, Singapore
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Arts
Objectives

Students will compose a short piece using Sketch-a-Song. 

Students will justify their reasoning for categorizing instruments in the four main instrument families. 

Students will listen and analyze differences in timbres between instrument families. 

Subjects
Arts
Grades 3 – 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 HOOK

Play a teacher-created song for students to show them an example of what they can do with Sketch-a-Song. 

2 GUIDED PRACTICE

Padlet
Free, Paid

List the four different instrument families as headers in padlet (Woodwinds, Brass, Strings, and Percussion). 

Ask students to list instruments that belong to each category, and also justify their listing with at least one reason. For example, how do you know that a flute is a woodwind instrument?  -- It produces sound by blowing air. 

3 DIRECT INSTRUCTION

Show the first two minutes of this video and ask students to check their work. Were they correct in the original Padlet? Remove any incorrect answers and allow students to use the new information to update their Padlet list of the instrument families. 

4 INDEPENDENT PRACTICE

Allow students time to create their 8-measure song in Sketch-a-song, using only ONE instrument family. After the songs are complete, have students play their songs for one another and guess which instrument family they chose. 

5 WRAP-UP

If there is extra time, ask students to create another song using a different instrument family for the melody and the accompaniment. When they play their song for peers, students should listen and analyze which instrument family has the melody and which family is playing the accompaniment.