Instrument Timbre and Composition
Play a teacher-created song for students to show them an example of what they can do with Sketch-a-Song.
2 GUIDED PRACTICE
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.
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.