A Field Trip to the Symphony

It Seems Like You Are Really There with ThingLink

ThingLinks by Frau Musik

I created these musical instrument ThingLinks about five years ago and they are still just as popular as ever. My students love listening & watching the performances. One classroom teacher reported that one of her boys had worked very hard to earn free ipad time. This was a rare occurrence for him. He could choose to do anything that was appropriate for school during this free time. He chose to watch my Instruments of the Orchestra ThingLinks!  He spent 20 minutes sitting quietly with headphones on, absorbed in the music and video. His teacher was amazed!

There are a wide variety of  performances that I chose to highlight in these ThingLinks, from pop to classical, to Disney, to a marching band drum line. Students can also access the performances at home and they do. Since I posted these lessons, they have had over 21,000 views. Go ThingLink!

As an added benefit, when you access the YouTube performances through ThingLink, you avoid any unsavory ads or commercials that may pop up if you go directly to YouTube. 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.

Auf Wiedersehen!

How to Use ThingLinks by Frau Musik

  • Click on the link here or at the top of the post to go directly to ThingLink.
  • Click on the family of instruments you would like to listen to.
  • Hover over the image. Near each instrument you will see buttons appear. There are two different videos for each instrument.
  • Click on each button to watch and listen. Enjoy!

P.S. I forgot to put in a picture of a harp so you will see two buttons near the bottom of the string family. Don’t miss these. They are GREAT!


Learn to Read Treble Clef Note Names


If you have not tried Quizlet, give it a try. There a TONS of resources that you can access 100% free of charge. Quizlet is an especially good tool for foreign language vocabulary practice and of course, learning musical note names.

The first sets that I have created start simple for beginning learners. Set 1 isolates Treble Clef Spaces and Treble Clef Lines on the staff in two separate practice sets.

Practice Space Notes                                              Practice Line Notes


The next two sets expand one ledger line above and one ledger line below the staff while still practicing in two separate sets.

 Practice Extended Spaces                                   Practice Extended Lines


The next two sets put all of the notes together. The first set is a basic “on the staff” set. The second set extends to one ledger line above & one ledger line below the staff.


Lines & Spaces on Staff                                   Extended Lines & Spaces

Quizlet has evolved over the years and now offers seven different ways to practice the same material. The different modes include Learn, Flashcards, Write, Test, Match, Gravity, and Spell. (For obvious reasons, Spell doesn’t really work for music note names.) The variety helps increase novelty and alleviate boredom. My students especially like the Match & Gravity modes. They love the competition.

Quizlet also offer a Live mode. I have not used Quizlet Live in my classroom.

Have you used it? How did it work in your classroom? Leave me a comment and let me know.