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 string instruments
"They will learn about the difference of the different string instruments based on what they look like, their timbre and name
"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 string instruments on their own by reading about the different instruments and listening to them at the Museum. All string instruments are listed on the instrument tree. Here, you will also find the note explaining the string 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 string instruments. All questions deal with string instruments.
At the concert hall, they must practise in identifying the instrument playing off-key. The string players will play 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' by Mozart.
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
"Good to see you. I've just been told that the musicians will play 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' by the famous Mozart at the concert tonight and they're looking for someone to practise with them because unfortunately the musicians are playing out of tune. When you practise with them, just click on the musician playing off-key and he or she will play in tune. But it's probably best if you read about the string instruments which will be playing 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'. You can find all the string instruments on our instrument tree. Here, you can also hear what they sound like which is important if you're to find the musician playing off-key. When you have studied the subject, drop by the television studio because I happen to know that they've a quiz about string instruments. That's very fortunate. And afterwards I think that you're ready to practise with the string players at the concert hall. My God, time is flying, I have to go. Oh, I almost forgot - have a look in book No. 7 about the symphony orchestra. Thank you for your help. I'm looking forward to the concert. Bye!"
The custodian's note
Today, you must practise with the string players at the concert hall so you need to read about string instruments and all the instruments belonging to this instrument family on the instrument tree. It is a good idea also to listen to the music and read about the string instrument family. Remember that all the string 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 string instruments today so you have ample opportunities to earn some money while you practise.
Then go to the Concert Hall and practise with the musicians. They will play 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' by Mozart. Just click on the musician playing off-key. Thank you so much for your help.