With my music homeschool class, we have been studying the instruments of the orchestra. We started this endeaver a long time ago, starting with completing the Musical Instruments Workbook. We have also used Robert Levine’s book: The Story of the Orchestra, and frequently played this review game for remembering the names/families of the instruments.
When I found this “stand-up symphony” download from the St. Louis Symphony website, I knew this would be another great way to review the instruments — as well to as learn where the members of the orchestra sit onstage.
This was such a fun class project! Over the course of a couple of months, we cut out the figures, colored them, and then folded/taped them so they could stand.
Aren’t these little figures cute?!
The stage is my own creation, designed to work with the figures. I designed the sections of the orchestra in Microsoft Word and printed them out. Then, I glued the pieces onto a piece of black posterboard to create a “stage.”
I store all the orchestra members in a shoebox. Every week when we got out the materials to work on this project, we started by sorting all the figures onto the stage in their appropriate sections. Even though we have finished the project, I still pull it out every now and then as a quick review to begin our class.
I am taking my homeschool music class on a field trip to see a children’s concert put on by the Toledo Symphony in a few weeks. They are so tickled that they will get to see and hear these instruments live!
You can download the stage pieces on the Printables > Other Resources page by scrolling down to the O’s for “Orchestra Stage Pieces.” The orchestra figures are downloadable from the St. Louis Symphony’s website (click here and look for the “Download The “Stand Up Symphony,” musician paper doll coloring activity (pdf)” link).
This would make a great studio project to work on during monthly group classes as you learn about the instruments. Or, if you have a waiting room area, perhaps you could have students work on creating an orchestra together that way!
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