LP Brass

Brass instruments

Recognising an instrument

Duration: 1 lesson

The following games are used for this exercise: the Museum, the Quiz at the television studio, the Concert Hall.

The pupils will achieve the following skills:

"They will become acquainted with the instrument family called 'brass instruments'

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

"They will be able to recognise the individual brass 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


The pupils must acquire knowledge of the brass instruments on their own by reading about them and listening to them at the Museum. All brass instruments are listed on the instrument tree. Here, you will also find the note explaining the brass instrument family.

Furthermore, the pupils must read the note about the symphony orchestra in book No. 7 in the brown bookcase.

In the Quiz, they must answer various questions about brass instruments. All questions deal with brass instruments.

At the concert hall, they must practise so that they can identify the instrument playing off-key. The tuba, the trombone and the horn will play the prelude by Carl Nielsen.

If the pupils have made too many mistakes in the subgames, they can always return to the museum and read about/listen to everything again.

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".

Instructions for the pupils

The custodian's speech

"Hello there. You're very welcome. I'm having all the brass instruments polished. Now, that we're talking about brass instruments … there's a concert at the concert hall tonight. Some of the brass instruments will play a piece by Carl Nielsen called a prelude. Wow, this should be interesting! But I've been told that the musicians need to practise. They've asked me if I can help them practise but I'm so terribly busy today. A group from the local diving club will visit me to learn more about all the instruments and I need to prepare for the visit.

So, could you help me out? Thank you so much! You're being very helpful. But you probably better read about the brass instruments, both the brass instrument family and the individual instruments. It's important that you also listen to all the musical examples so that you can correct the musician playing off-key when you practise with them. By the way, they also called from the television studio. Because of the concert tonight, they've prepared a quiz about brass instruments. They said that I should be sure to let you know. So hurry and get started. You can earn some money at the television studio AND at the concert hall. Well, I must be on my way. The diving club will be here in half an hour. Thank you so much for your help. Oh, I forget to say…have a look in book No. 7 in the brown bookcase. Oh, and don't forget to read my note on the notice board. See you!"

The custodian's note

Today, you must practise with the musicians playing the brass instruments at the concert hall, so you need to read about brass instruments and all the instruments belonging to this instrument family on the instrument tree. It is also a good idea to read about the brass instrument family. Listen to all the musical examples. Remember that the brass instruments are placed on the same branch on the instrument tree.

Don't forget to have a look in book No. 7 in the brown bookcase.

Go to the Quiz. I have been told that they have a quiz about brass instruments today so you have ample opportunities to earn some money while you practise.

Afterwards, go to the Concert Hall and practise with the musicians. They will play a prelude by Carl Nielsen. Just click on the musician playing off-key. Thank you very much.



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