World Instrument Listening Unit: Set 1

Grade Levels
3rd - 12th
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49 pages
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Use these resources to introduce students to musical instruments from six different countries! This is a great unit to tie into other world music studies, instruments of the orchestra, or the science of sound. Students see pictures of instruments from one of the countries, and use their knowledge of instruments to describe the instrument and predict what it will sound like. After listening to the instrument, they describe the actual sound and compare it to other instruments, seeing if their predictions were accurate. This same unit can also be used to supplement a deeper study of a particular country or region, or as an introduction to world music in general. Teaching suggestions are included for using the resources several different ways.

This unit includes resources to study instruments from Japan, Ireland, Brazil, India, Mozambique, and Canada (indigenous). To get the lesson materials to learn about instruments from Iran, Australia, Mexico, Sweden, Jamaica, and Indonesia, you can get Set 2 here.

Included in this download:

*Powerpoint slides with visuals of the country's flag, map, basic country information, and several musical instruments, with embedded links to videos of authentic performances of each instrument

*Printable worksheets for students to write their observations of each instrument, or more general country and music information for each country.

*Teaching notes with additional video links and background information on each instrument included in the file

*Teaching suggestions for using the materials in several different ways

You can download many of the resources for the Japanese instruments for free here: FREE Japanese Instrument Listening Unit

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Total Pages
49 pages
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Teaching Duration
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