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 Preparatory Materials

This lesson should take 45 minutes.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten provides a fantastic introduction to the instruments your students will encounter in our live streaming sessions or as a general introduction to OpusYou. We recommend you complete all of the activities below in advance, drawing particular attention to the instruments we will feature in our sessions. Alternatively, before each live session you could focus on the instruments your students are about to hear by playing the relevant sections of the music as detailed below. Please note that the performance is recorded in two parts.

Worksheet Downloads

Introductory Worksheet
You can prepare your students before each live stream by downloading this preparatory worksheet. All suggestions can be adapted and are tailored to your individual requirements.
Support Worksheet
Download and print out these pictures of orchestral instruments and create a set of sixteen instrument picture cards.

Videos to Watch

Introduction
Play the introduction to Part 1 of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra for your class.
Musical Excerpt
Play the performance of Part 1 of The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra for your class.
Bonus Material
The piano belongs to the keyboard family. Introduce your students to this Intermezzo for Piano, Op. 117 No.1 composed by Johannes Brahms.

Discover the orchestra

Explore the different parts of an orchestra with our interactive imagery.

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Brass
The brass section has several trumpets, French horns, trombones, and one tuba . These instruments are especially important in the loud and exciting parts of the music.
Conductor
A conductor directs the musicians with a stick, called the baton. It is the work that goes on before the performance, called a rehearsal, where the real magic happens.
Percussion
The percussion section has all sorts of instruments, especially those that you can hit, rattle or shake. In a symphony orchestra, kettledrums or timpani make the music more exciting.
Strings
The string section is the most important part of a symphony orchestra. It has more than half of the musicians and consists of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.
Woodwind
The woodwind section consists of flutes, bassoons , oboes, and clarinets. An orchestra can have between two and four of each of these instruments.
  • Brass
    The brass section has several trumpets, French horns, trombones, and one tuba . These instruments are especially important in the loud and exciting parts of the music.
  • Conductor
    A conductor directs the musicians with a stick, called the baton. It is the work that goes on before the performance, called a rehearsal, where the real magic happens.
  • Percussion
    The percussion section has all sorts of instruments, especially those that you can hit, rattle or shake. In a symphony orchestra, kettledrums or timpani make the music more exciting.
  • Strings
    The string section is the most important part of a symphony orchestra. It has more than half of the musicians and consists of violins, violas, cellos, and basses.
  • Woodwind
    The woodwind section consists of flutes, bassoons , oboes, and clarinets. An orchestra can have between two and four of each of these instruments.
Music is one of the most precious subjects for children and yet so many of them don’t have access. OpusYou will give them that chance and excites me more than I can say.

Lord Moser

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