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No Prep: Instrument Categories Unit

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28 pages
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Classifying instruments into the categories of aerophones, membranophones, chordophones, and idiophones has helped my students look at instruments differently.

Now that we have been studying these 4 categories of classification, my students also think about how the instrument creates the vibrations that we recognize as sound.

In order to reinforce proper spelling, this unit includes a music word search at the end.

Standards Used
MU:Re9.1 – Music Responding Anchor Standard 9
Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Students will identify the qualities of each instrument category.
Students will listen to musical selections and identify the instruments used in the examples played for them.
Students will illustrate an example of each instrument category.

In this Unit:
Lesson Plan Page 1 Standards, Objectives, Materials, Guided/Independent Practice
Lesson Plan Page 2 Listening examples, links to musical selections
Definition & Instrument Examples - Aerophones
Definition & Instrument Examples - Chordophones
Definition & Instrument Examples - Idiophones
Definition & Instrument Examples - Membranophones
Drawing Activity Page - Aerophones and Chordophones
Drawing Activity Page - Idiophones & Membranophones
Listening Examples Criteria Page
Reflection Page: Student List of Chordophone and Aerophone Instruments
Reflection Page: Student List of Idiophone and Membranophone Instruments
Closing Activity: Aerophones Chordophones Idiophones Membranophones Word Search

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