Have you ever wanted to take your students on a field trip to the symphony but it is just too far away or it costs too much? Learning about instruments has never been easier with all of the quality performances posted online. However, gathering videos together and preparing a lesson can be very time consuming. Enter ThingLink. With these ready to use ThingLink lessons, a Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony is a snap!
Use ThingLink to Organize Videos & Links
I created these musical instrument ThingLinks about five years ago to help my students learn about instruments and they are still just as popular as ever. My students have loved listening & watching these performances. There is a wide variety of styles and performers that I chose to highlight, from pop to classical, to Disney, to a marching band drumline. There is something to “hook” all of your students.
Students can also access the performances at home and they do. Since I posted these lessons, they have had over 200,000 views and I had to reset the stats. Go ThingLink!
Viewing Quality Performances Motivates Students
Recently, a classroom teacher reported that one of her boys had worked very hard to earn free ipad time. This was a rare occurrence for him. During his free time, he could choose to do anything that was appropriate for school. He chose to watch my Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony ThingLinks! He spent his precious 20 minutes sitting quietly with headphones on, absorbed in the music and video. His teacher was amazed and frankly so was I!
How to Access & Use Thinglinks
These ThingLinks were created in instrument family groups. Click the links below to access each instrument family activity.
Once you have opened the activity you want to view, follow the simple directions below.
- Hover over the image. Near each instrument, you will see buttons appear. These buttons are links to two different videos for each instrument. (Cello has a bonus video. I just couldn’t resist.)
- Click on each button to watch and listen. Enjoy!
These ThingLinks pair well with these DIGITAL and PRINTABLE Musical Instrument Word Search & Crossword Puzzles. ThingLinks and puzzles work well for highlighting one instrument family per class session or for use as centers or stations.
- String Family Day 1: Listen to 1-2 minutes of the first performance of each instrument and complete the word search puzzle.
- String Family Day 2: Listen to 1-2 minutes of the second performance of each instrument and complete the cross word puzzle.
- Highlight only one instrument family per class session continuing with this sequence. (This may make an ideal activity to add to your sub plans if you will be having an extended absence.)
Students who are absent will not miss out completely when you highlight the same instrument family for two days. Also, this gives you time to make music during each class session.
Meet the Instruments Series
Do you need professional quality resources to learn more about the instruments of the orchestra? Although you will enjoy delivering these fun, informative lessons, they also make GREAT SUB LESSONS! Use the optional guided notes worksheets to hold students accountable. Answer keys are included.
Each instrument family presentation is ready to go. Just download, print the optional worksheet (if desired), and present. It is that easy!
These guided PowerPoint lessons are compatible with Google Slides. Each resource includes professional YouTube video links. The lessons teach sound production and the physical properties of sound by comparing various instruments.
Each helpful lesson is available separately or at a discounted rate as a part of this Meet the Instruments of the Orchestra and Band BUNDLE.
Use Safe Viewing as Outlined by Your School Policy
As an added benefit, when you currently access the YouTube performances through ThingLink, you avoid any unsavory ads or commercials that may pop up if you go directly to YouTube. Frequent updates often change the way apps work. Be sure and double check from time to time to make sure no updates or policy changes interfere with this feature.
Feel free to use my ThingLink lessons in your classroom or link them to your website. Please don’t forget to credit me if you do. Also, check out the other Music Learning Activities on the “Learn” Page.
Your Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony is at your fingertips. Enjoy!