Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Classical Music Lapbook/Unit Study Pt2

We had a really enjoyable time today, listening to the instruments in an orchestra and fidning different examples of those instruments.
The main site we used was the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

The Percussion Family

We learned about the difference between tuned and untuned percussion.

Then I thought that a good example of percussion could be seen in Marching bands. I found out about the Jackson State University Marching band (aka Sonic Boom of the South) on youtube and they blew me away!
Watch this:

There are loads like this on youtube but beware some of the comments left by other viewers!

Another great piece of music for instrument recognition is The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas.

The String Family

A good example of the violin can be heard in Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams

More Ralph Vaughan Williams at Lastfm.

The Woodwind Family

Check out the Sorcerer's Apprentice clip above for the bassoon.

Igor Stravinsky - Petroushka for the flute

The Brass Family

For Star Wars fans! The Star Wars theme by John Williams shows a great use of the brass family.

More about John Williams from the DSO kids pages.


Pie wanted to use his favourite piece of classical music to illustrate a good example of the organ.

J.S Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

There is a *reasonably* funny moment where it looks like the organist has three arms!
This was one of my Dads favourite pieces of music (being a big church organ fan) so we had it played at his funeral - wondering if that was an entirely good choice now!

We'll be looking at Bach in a bit more detail later in this project.

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