I’ve just been playing with this wonderful resource after spotting a tweet from Paula Jamieson from the Te Whakatipuranga Hou ICTPD Cluster. As someone who used to play second violin in the school orchestra, I’ve always enjoyed introducing young learners to the delights of the orchestra and the ways in which all the different instruments can combine their unique voices to produce such wonderful symphonies of sound.
This animated guide to the orchestra from animatedscience is a really fun and easy to use introduction to the orchestra for students. Combining the full sound of an orchestra playing with a number of interactive quizzes, it’s an easy way to review what the various instruments are named and where they are positioned in the orchestra. I recall when I was at teacher’s college spending hours creating a similar activity using overhead transparencies – but this beats what I produced hands-down!
Thanks to Animatedscience, and to Paula for bringing it to my attention 🙂
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Well Derek, there’s something I never knew about you. I played 2nd Trumpet! We should compare notes (soprry for the pun – couldn’t resist!)
Just looking over some items on the web and found your comments, thanks very much for your kind words. I hope everyone finds it useful, it took ages to make and was designed to teach Y7 the orchestra without using PPT's and clicking on lots of attached files.
I also dropped it into my blog post as well in case that link changes in time!