Instruments of the Orchestra Study – FREE Orchestra Stage Pieces

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 for the”Stand Up Symphony” musician paper doll coloring activity 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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Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Posted 20 September 2012 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    What a great way to teach instruments and sections of the orchestra, and your stage addition is so clever!

  2. Posted 20 September 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    This is super cute!

  3. Posted 29 September 2012 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    Love it! Thanks for sharing this, Joy! I’m excited to try it with my students next time we study anything orchestra-related.

  4. Char
    Posted 27 May 2014 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Great resource! Thank you so much!

  5. Posted 27 October 2014 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Hey – you don’t happen to have a PDF of the stand up figures for the orchestra ? I can’t find it in the link. any more… they must have removed it or moved it? So cool wish I could find the little figures!

  6. Ann
    Posted 5 October 2015 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely thrilled with the ‘stage’ orchestra and figures. I am not a music teacher but this is a perfect introduction for a regular classroom project.

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