Intro to Orchestra, Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev

The Orchestra

An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble typical of classical music, which combines instruments from different families, including bowed string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello, and double bass, brass instruments such as the horn, trumpet, trombone and tuba, woodwinds such as the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, and percussion instruments such as the timpani, bass drum, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, and mallet percussion instruments each grouped in sections. Other instruments such as the piano and celesta may sometimes appear in a fifth keyboard section or may stand alone, as may the concert harp and, for performances of some modern compositions, electronic instruments. (source: Wikipedia)

Sydney Youth Orchestra, George visits the orchestra

Unusual instruments

Binder Pages

For this class, students will be creating both an interactive notebook and a binder. These will be a key part of the learning process, a great study resource, and something that they can show off with pride and use to look back on the fun that they had and the things that they learned.

For the binder, Start by getting an empty 3-ring binder. One with a clear pocket on the front for the cover might be nice but is not necessary.

Print out the cover for the notebook and put it at the front.

Next, print out the orchestra diagram and place it in the notebook.

Interactive Notebook

Print out and complete the interactive notebook section for orchestras. Have fun with this. Be sure to spend some time coloring the instruments on the wheel before you cut it out and put it together. Add this to your notebook.

Extra Activities

Here are some extra fun activities to help you get familiar with orchestras and the different instruments that you will find in one.

I Spy Musical Instruments

Other Games and Apps

Peter and The Wolf, Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev was a Russian Soviet composer, pianist and conductor. As the creator of acknowledged masterpieces across numerous music genres, he is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His works include such widely heard pieces as the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet—from which “Dance of the Knights” is taken—and Peter and the Wolf. Of the established forms and genres in which he worked, he created – excluding juvenilia – seven completed operas, seven symphonies, eight ballets, five piano concertos, two violin concertos, a cello concerto, a symphony-concerto for cello and orchestra, and nine completed piano sonatas.

Listen to a short biography about Prokofiev.

Watch the Story of Peter and The Wolf

Binder Pages

Print out and add The Story of Peter and The Wolf.

Print out and add the Biography of Sergei Prokofiev

Print out and add Prokofiev notebook pages.

Extra Credit

Watch the video below

Prokofiev Word Search

Composer Trading Cards