|Instruments Nomenclature Cards|
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I am lucky to teach where I have access to many, many of these instruments in the the facility. During the year there are professional hands on demonstrations for many of the larger instruments and the smaller instruments are rotated between classrooms. For the instruments that we do not have on site - such as the organ, and harpsichord, I give parents a list of places they can take their child to have experience with them. Many local symphonies give opportunities for children to meet and hear instruments during the year. Looking on the symphony's website or calling will help you to find out if they make this kind of thing available in your area.
I will not place all the cards out in the same place, or at the same time. I will integrate many of these cards into continent work (every peopled continent is represented), with specific instruments that are on the shelves for use. I suggest that teachers do their own research about the instruments here, where they originated, their integration into western music, and how are they used today. During my own research it has been eye opening for me. For example... it was interesting to learn that cymbals came from Turkey, and that they became all the rage in classical music after they were discovered by western composers. Music is an incredibly fascinating subject. We can see how the world changed and became more interconnected through things like the history of musical instruments.