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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 endeavor 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.”

  Orchestra Stage Pieces (223.3 KiB, 15,812 hits)

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). Update: Here’s a new 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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42 thoughts on “Instruments of the Orchestra Study – FREE Orchestra Stage Pieces”

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Any chance their is somewhere else to get the stand up figures? The link to the St. Louis Symphony no longer exists 🙁 This looks like a wonderful project, especially for my younger students!

  4. Hi Joy.
    I would love to try out those “stand up figures” for the orchestra with my class. They look absolutely brilliant. I looked all over the net and didn’t come across them. Any chance you might still have them?

  5. Hi Joy
    Fab way to teach members of the orchestra. Could I also ask for a copy of the figures as I’ve scoured the internet and found none of them. Laura

  6. Dear Joy,
    If you could kindly share the stand up orchestra figures it would be great. The link is definitely not working to the the Saint Louis Symphony’s download, and I even wrote to them and did not receive a reply. I would love to be able to have my students make the orchestral setting like the one you showed. Is there a way that you could put the figures into a download from your site if you still have them?
    Thank you so much!

  7. Could I receive the pdf for the figures…this is so cool…but I can’t find anything out there except broken links…many thanks, Stephanie

  8. Love this idea! Please could you mail me link for colouring figures as page has been removed.

    Many thanks

  9. Hello,

    As I also find this a wonderful and fun way to study the instruments, would it be possible for you to send me the figurines as well?

    Ever grateful,


  10. I was also looking for the figures online and came to a dead end. Please, add me to the list of those receiving the email version!
    Thank you so much. I’m so looking forward to sharing this project with my grade 3 music students.


  11. Hello. Would you please send me the orchestra figures. They look wonderful, but the link does not work. Thanks.

  12. Can you please send me the file for the orchestra peices? I am a going to start a lesson on parts of the Orchestra with my Gifted and Tallented students and would love to have these to let them visually see how to assemble an orchestra.

    My email is [email protected]

    Thank you

  13. I want to do this project with my 7th graders and printed out the orchestra chart, but cannot find the stand up characters/instruments…I have tried everything! Help please!

  14. Joy, you have so many useful worksheets! I make 3d paper nativities, and we are getting ready to study orchestra. These stand up orchestra pieces and the stage you created are awesome! Could you send me the pdf as well? I am going to share them with the 25 other home school families in my CC community as well.

  15. Me gustaria tener el pdf con los imprimibles de los instrumentos de la orquesta.
    Me parece muy buena idea. Un saludo

  16. Well, I’m not sure if you’re still checking these comments, but a friend shared your blog with me as we are studying the orchestra with our Classical Conversations community and I would LOVE a copy of the stand up figures. Are you still emailing them out?

    [email protected]

    1. Not sure if you received the link but the comment directly above yours has the link and I just printed them out. Works great!

  17. The link to the figures no longer works! Is there any other way to find these. Was looking forward to doing this:)

  18. Thanks for sharing this Joy. I realized the link does not work, do you have the pdf to share? My daughter would be so happy to do this activity 🙂

  19. Hello! Thanks for posting this. Did you print out multiples of some of the letters? Which ones? It looks like the pdf has only 1 violist, 1 violist, etc. Thanks. Lisa

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