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A Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony Learning About Musical Instruments

Listen and learn about musical instruments with a virtual field trip to the symphony. Enjoy the videos of varying styles and genres.

Have you ever wanted to take your students on a field trip to the symphony but it is too far away or it costs too much? Learning about the instruments of the orchestra and band has never been easier with all of the quality performances posted online.

But gathering videos and preparing lessons can be time-consuming. Enter ThingLink. With these FREE No Prep ThingLinks, your Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony is ready.

Just add kids!

Take a Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony | Learning About the Instruments of the Orchestra in the Elementary Music Classroom

I posted these musical instrument ThingLinks a few years ago to help my students learn about instruments and they’re still as popular as ever. There is a wide variety of styles and performers, 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 listening lessons, they have had over 200,000 views and I had to reset the stats. Go ThingLink!

Motivate and Inspire Your Students by Listening to Quality Performances

TRUE STORY – 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 appropriate for school.

He chose to watch these Virtual Field Trip ThingLinks! He spent his precious 20 minutes with headphones on, sitting quietly mesmerized by the instruments, the music, and the videos. His teacher was amazed and frankly so was I!

I created these ThingLinks in instrument family groups. Click the link below each instrument family to open the activity.

Once you have opened the ThingLink 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 couldn’t resist.)
  • Click on each button to watch, listen, and enjoy.

Follow Up Listening Lessons with Fun Musical Instrument Puzzles

These ThingLink musical instrument activities pair well with DIGITAL and/or PRINTABLE Musical Instrument Word Search & Crossword Puzzles. They work well to highlight one instrument family per class session or for use as centers or stations.

Suggested Teaching and Learning Sequence
  • 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 crossword puzzle.
  • Highlight only one instrument family per class session as you continue this same sequence.

These instrument activities are ideal for your sub plans if you have an extended absence. And when you highlight the same instrument family for two days, students who are absent for one day will not miss out completely.

This sequence gives you time to make music during each class session.

Do you Need More Quality Resources to Learn More about the Instruments of the Orchestra?

Although you will enjoy teaching these fun, informative lessons, they also work well as 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 resource is available separately or at a discounted rate as a part of this Instruments of the Orchestra and Band BUNDLE.

Use Safe Viewing as Outlined by Your School Policy

As an added benefit, when you currently access YouTube performances through ThingLink, you avoid any unsavory ads or commercials which 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 confirm that no updates or policy changes interfere with this feature.

Bonus: No Permission Slips Needed for this Field Trip 😊

There is NO long bus ride. Your Virtual Field Trip to the Symphony is ready for use in your classroom.

You’re welcome to link these ThingLinks to your school website. Please don’t forget to credit me if you do. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you Jenna! I am just getting started blogging. I am migrating some of the elements from my school website.

  1. this is very interesting!

    1. Frau Musik says:

      Thank you Daniel.