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Education Resources

Teacher’s Guide/CD

Be sure to check out our free downloadable teacher’s guide! You may also request a companion CD with your Kinderkonzert and Young People’s Concert orders. The guides include information on music elements and principles, instruments, the compositions and the composers featured in our concerts along with suggested lesson plans/activities that enhance the concert experience and meet curriculum objectives as outlined in the Oregon Content Standards. The CD contains pieces your students will hear in concert, as well as examples of music elements offered in the guides.


2014/15 Kinderkonzert Teacher’s Guide  (2.4 mb PDF) »

Young People's Concert Docents

Before your group attends a concert, invite a volunteer docent into your classroom to lead students through listening lessons and activities featuring the music and composers from the upcoming concert. Docent presentations are recommended for classes no larger than 30 per presentation. These Symphony volunteers will share their knowledge and passion for classical music in a unique way to your students. Request a complimentary docent visit for the Young People’s Concerts on the concert order form.




Vemer Instrumental Coaching Program


Chen Tan with studentOregon Symphony musicians are heading into Portland area high schools under a new program designed to build relationships with students, their teachers and families. The new Instrumental Coaching Program is funded by the Patty Vemer Education Endowment.

Between January and May 2011, six Oregon Symphony musicians worked with five area middle and high school orchestras in four metro area school districts. In keeping with the intent of the Patty Vemer Memorial Education Fund, the new program is designed to offer specific instrumental coaching help needed in middle and high schools. In this way, the spirit and intent of Vemer’s music education leadership at the Oregon Symphony will be actively carried on in the schools as funds allow.

Schools must demonstrate a financial need, and are required to apply for consideration. To learn more about participating in this program, contact Monica Hayes, the orchestra’s Education & Community Engagement Program Director, at mhayes@orsymphony.org or 503-416-6312.

 


Have fun using these interactive links to learn about symphonies, instruments of the orchestra, music, composers, and more.



Webliographies

These resources have been collected for use by Oregon Symphony website visitors by the Multnomah Country Library School Corps service.

The Symphony

Oregon Symphony Orchestra Map
Learn more about the instruments of the orchestra with our interactive, on-line map, featuring an introduction to each instrument family and information on what each instrument is made of, how it produces sound, and where it sits in the orchestra.

Oregon Symphony Roster
http://www.orsymphony.org/orchestra/roster.aspx
All the musicians of the Oregon Symphony.

All Classical
http://www.allclassical.org/
Portland’s own classical radio station.  Listen to all types of classical music online or over the air.  Includes guides to local events, videos of interviews and performances and program guides.

Classics for Kids
http://www.classicsforkids.com/
Companion site to the radio show Classics for Kids.  Includes interactive games, excerpts from the show including explanations of musical terms and a selection of pieces. 

Composer Master Index
http://www.classical.net/music/composer/masterindex.php
Find biographies of performers either alphabetically or search for them.

Keeping Score Interactive
http://keepingscore.org/interactive
Explore of the stories behind some of classical music’s turning points.  Presented by the San Francisco Symphony.

The New York Philharmonic Kidszone
http://www.nyphilkids.org/main.phtml
This famous group introduces the workings of orchestra through detailed audio and visual information about instruments and classical musical eras. 

The Orchestra: A User’s Manual
http://andrewhugill.com/manuals/intro.html
From the Philharmonia Orchestra in London: a guide to the orchestra covering sections, instruments, scores, and orchestra history.  Includes samples of highlighting instruments, videos of players and links for more information.

Women’s Composers Database
http://www.kapralova.org/DATABASE.htm
Information on hundreds of women composers of classical music.

ZKO Rollercoaster // GREAT EMOTIONS
http://vimeo.com/20462506
Short video of an excerpt from the score to Ferdinand Ries’ 2nd Symphony as a rollercoaster ride.

String Instruments

The String Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/strings.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the string instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/instrumentlist.aspx
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including string instruments) here.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under string instruments, students can learn more about the violin, viola, cello, string bass and harp.

How It’s Made Video: Acoustic Guitar
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/science/how-its-made-videos-playlist.htm#video-40580
This short video shows how acoustic guitars are made in a factory.

How It’s Made Video: Violin
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/science/how-its-made-videos-playlist.htm?page=17#video-32740
“The violin developed in the 1500s, evolving from a series of guitar-like instruments that musicians played with a bow. Check out this Science Channel video to see how this stringed instrument is made.”

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf
From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Make a String Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/activities-at-home/make-instrument/make-a-string-instrument.aspx
Make your own string instrument out of a wire coat hanger and string!

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Scroll down the page to String Instruments and find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the string instruments for more information.

String Instrument Gallery
http://www.sphinxkids.org/String_Instruments.html
Learn more about each instrument, or play the matching game by matching each instrument with the sound it makes.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Brass Instruments

The Brass Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/brass.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the brass instruments.

Coloring Pages: Instruments
http://www.edupics.com/coloring-pages-instruments-c381.html
Choose from dozens of coloring sheets of instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument/.aspx
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including brass) here.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under the Brass Family, students can learn more about the trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba.

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Instruments of the Orchestra
http://www.sfskids.org/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3
Click on Brass to learn more about the brass family. You can also listen to some of the instruments playing. From the San Francisco Symphony.

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the brass instruments for more information.

Tubby the Tuba
http://www.tubbythetuba.com/home.html
At this site to accompany the book Tubby the Tuba, readers can listen to the sounds of Tubby and his friends and print coloring sheets.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Percussion Instruments

The Percussion Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/percussion.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the percussion instruments.

Coloring Pages: Instruments
http://www.edupics.com/coloring-pages-instruments-c381.html
Choose from dozens of coloring sheets of instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument/.aspx
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including percussion) here.

The Glossary of World Percussion Instruments
http://www.drummagazine.com/hand-drum/post/the-glossary-of-world-percussion-instruments/
This list of world percussion instruments includes some drawings.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under the Percussion Family, students can learn more about the chimes, snare drum, timpani, xylophone, glockenspiel and cymbal.

How a Piano is Made
http://www.pianoworld.com/how-a-piano-is-made.html
Watch this video to see how a piano is built.

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf
From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Instruments of the Orchestra
http://www.sfskids.org/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3
Click on Percussion to learn more about the percussion family. You can also listen to some of the instruments playing. From the San Francisco Symphony.

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the percussion instruments for more information.

Paper Plate Tambourine
http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Music/Paper_Plate_Tambourine/ Paper_Plate_Tambourine.html
How to make a tambourine out of paper plates

Virtual Drums Set
http://www.thepcmanwebsite.com/media/virtual_drums/
Play the drums right from your computer!

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Woodwind Instruments

The Woodwind Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/woodwinds.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the woodwind instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/instrumentlist.aspx
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including the woodwinds) here.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under the Woodwind Family, students can learn more about the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

Flutes from Around the World
http://www.bentoncountymuseum.org/exhibitions/sound/flutes.cfm
This museum exhibit has pictures of unusual flutes from around the world with brief text about each.

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Instruments of the Orchestra
http://www.sfskids.org/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3
Click on Woodwinds to learn more about the woodwind family. You can also listen to some of the instruments playing. From the San Francisco Symphony.

Make a Woodwind Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/activities-at-home/make-instrument/make-a-woodwind-instrument.aspx
Make your own string instrument out of a plastic bottle/jug and a comb!

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Scroll down the page to Woodwind Instruments and find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the woodwind instruments for more information.

Wind Instruments
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/sh/oddball/sh_oddball_wind_1.html
Learn about some of the unusual instruments that led to the more common ones we know today.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.




Oregon Symphony
Education & Community Engagement

503-228-4294
educate@orsymphony.org

 

 

 


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