LP Bolero


Recognising an instrument

Duration: 1 lesson

The following games are used for this exercise: The Museum

The pupils will achieve the following skills:

"They will become acquainted with the different instruments

"They will learn about the difference of the instruments based on what they look like, their timbre and name

"They will be able to recognise the individual instruments based on what they look like, their timbre and sound

"They will discover that there are different instrument families in a symphony orchestra and their position in the orchestra


Print a set of the Bolero cards for the class. Get a set of cards here.

Find a recording of Bolero by Maurice Ravel - We recommend the live recording with DRs symfoniorkester dirigeret af Rafael Frübeck de Burgos on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQhKW8XZL3Q


This exercise should complete a course of recognizing different instruments.

While listening to Bolero, the pupils must place the cards in the same order as the instruments are being played.

Launch the activity by writing on the blackboard:

"Log on to www.themusicgame.net. Go to the Museum and hear what the custodian has to say".


Ideas for the subsequent discussion:

"What type of instruments can you hear?

"What happens during the piece? One long crescendo. More and more forceful. It starts on pp and ends on ff.

"What do the string players do at the beginning?

"What does the snare drum do?

If necessary, let the pupils work together two and two as some pupils may find it difficult to tell the difference between the instruments. 

Note! Not all the pupils have sharp ears when it comes to tone colours. You will encounter pupils who - despite hard work - find this exercise very difficult. If you have the necessary resources, they may benefit from working together with the teacher.

Instructions for the pupils

The custodian's speech

"Hi! I'm so glad you came. I was discussing with my colleague whether you could tell the difference between the different instruments in a symphony orchestra - without being able to see them. My colleague Benny didn't believe that it was possible but I told him that if you've practised, it's not impossible. I'd really like to prove to him that I'm right, but I'll need more time than I have at my disposal at the moment with all the visitors at the Museum. Therefore, I was thinking that maybe you could help me out. I'd really appreciate it.

If you look at the instrument tree, you can see, hear and read about the instruments. Afterwards, you can visit the TMG Studio and participate in the quiz. I've already talked to them and it's OK with them. Here, you can practise auditive training. They may not have time to sort the questions, so there'll be all sorts of questions about instruments. I told them that it was OK.

Later on, you'll participate in the big experiment. Listen to the music and place the photos of the different instruments in the right order while they're being played. I really look forward to winning over Benny.

You can check everything in my note on the notice board. See you".

The custodian's note:

Help me win over Benny.

Read about the musical instruments on the instrument tree here at the Museum.

Visit the TMG Studio and participate in the quiz about instruments.

Remember that you can always return to the Museum and learn more if you need additional information for the quiz.

Later on, you will participate in an experiment where you - together with a classmate - must listen to find out which instruments are being played in a piece of music called 'Bolero'.


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