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Guides and brochures

The 2017/18 Young People's Concert teachers' guide will be posted here soon.

See information on upcoming Young People's Concerts and Kinderkonzerts now.

Order form and optional add-ons

Order form for Young People’s Concerts and Kinderkonzerts (PDF)

Companion CD: Check the box on the form to request companion CD with your Young People's Concert order! The CD contains pieces your students will hear in concert, as well as examples of the music elements offered in the guides.

Young People’s Concerts Docents: Before your group attends a concert, invite a volunteer docent into your classroom to lead students through listening lessons and activities featuring the music and composers from the upcoming concert. Docent presentations are recommended for classes no larger than 30 per presentation. These Symphony volunteers will share their knowledge and passion for classical music in a unique way to your students. Request a complimentary docent visit for Young People’s Concerts on the above order form.

Webliographies

Have fun using these interactive links to learn about symphonies, instruments of the orchestra, music, composers, and more! These resources have been collected for use by Oregon Symphony website visitors by the Multnomah County Library School Corps service.

The Symphony

Oregon Symphony Orchestra Map
Learn more about the instruments of the orchestra with our interactive, on-line map, featuring an introduction to each instrument family and information on what each instrument is made of, how it produces sound, and where it sits in the orchestra.

Oregon Symphony Roster
http://www.orsymphony.org/orchestra/roster.aspx
All the musicians of the Oregon Symphony.

All Classical
http://www.allclassical.org/
Portland’s own classical radio station. Listen to all types of classical music online or over the air.  Includes guides to local events, videos of interviews and performances and program guides.

Classics for Kids
http://www.classicsforkids.com/
Companion site to the radio show Classics for Kids. Includes interactive games, excerpts from the show including explanations of musical terms and a selection of pieces. 

Composer Master Index
http://www.classical.net/music/composer/masterindex.php
Find biographies of performers either alphabetically or search for them.

Keeping Score Interactive
http://keepingscore.org/interactive
Explore of the stories behind some of classical music’s turning points.  Presented by the San Francisco Symphony.

The New York Philharmonic Kidszone
http://www.nyphilkids.org/main.phtml
This famous group introduces the workings of orchestra through detailed audio and visual information about instruments and classical musical eras. 

The Orchestra: A User’s Manual
http://andrewhugill.com/manuals/intro.html
From the Philharmonia Orchestra in London: a guide to the orchestra covering sections, instruments, scores, and orchestra history.  Includes samples of highlighting instruments, videos of players and links for more information.

Women’s Composers Database
http://www.kapralova.org/DATABASE.htm
Information on hundreds of women composers of classical music.

ZKO Rollercoaster // GREAT EMOTIONS
http://vimeo.com/20462506
Short video of an excerpt from the score to Ferdinand Ries’ 2nd Symphony as a rollercoaster ride.

String Instruments

The String Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/strings.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the string instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including string instruments) here.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under string instruments, students can learn more about the violin, viola, cello, string bass and harp.

How It’s Made Video: Acoustic Guitar
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/science-channel/40580-factory-made-acoustic-guitars-video.htm
This short video shows how acoustic guitars are made in a factory.

How It’s Made Video: Violin
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/science-channel/32740-how-its-made-violins-video.htm
“The violin developed in the 1500s, evolving from a series of guitar-like instruments that musicians played with a bow. Check out this Science Channel video to see how this stringed instrument is made.”

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf
From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Make a String Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/activities-at-home/make-instrument/make-a-string-instrument.aspx
Make your own string instrument out of a wire coat hanger and string!

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Scroll down the page to String Instruments and find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/instruments_orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the string instruments for more information.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Brass Instruments

The Brass Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/brass.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the brass instruments.

Coloring Pages: Instruments
http://www.edupics.com/coloring-pages-instruments-c381.html
Choose from dozens of coloring sheets of instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including brass) here.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under the Brass Family, students can learn more about the trumpet, French horn, trombone and tuba.

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/instruments_orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the brass instruments for more information.

Tubby the Tuba
http://www.tubbythetuba.com/home.html
At this site to accompany the book Tubby the Tuba, readers can listen to the sounds of Tubby and his friends and print coloring sheets.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Percussion Instruments

The Percussion Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/percussion.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the percussion instruments.

Coloring Pages: Instruments
http://www.edupics.com/coloring-pages-instruments-c381.html
Choose from dozens of coloring sheets of instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including percussion) here.

The Glossary of World Percussion Instruments
http://www.drummagazine.com/hand-drum/post/the-glossary-of-world-percussion-instruments/
This list of world percussion instruments includes some drawings.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under the Percussion Family, students can learn more about the chimes, snare drum, timpani, xylophone, glockenspiel and cymbal.

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf
From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/instruments_orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the percussion instruments for more information.

Paper Plate Tambourine
http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Music/Paper_Plate_Tambourine/ Paper_Plate_Tambourine.html
How to make a tambourine out of paper plates

Virtual Drums Set
http://www.thepcmanwebsite.com/media/virtual_drums/
Play the drums right from your computer!

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Woodwind Instruments

The Woodwind Family
http://www.orsymphony.org/edu/instruments/woodwinds.aspx
At this site from the Oregon Symphony, you can learn more about the woodwind instruments.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Listen by Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/by-instrument
Listen to each of the instruments in the orchestra (including the woodwinds) here.

Hey, Kids! Meet the Orchestra
http://www.makingmusicfun.net/htm/mmf-music-library-meet-the-orchestra-index.htm
“Introduce kids to the instruments of the orchestra with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and fun facts that are sure to get them talking!” Under the Woodwind Family, students can learn more about the flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

The Instrument Families in the Orchestra
http://www.atlantasymphony.org/aso/asoassets/downloadcenter/ symstreetinserts.pdf From the Atlanta Symphony, this guide has student activities, including making instruments from common materials.

Make a Woodwind Instrument
http://www.dsokids.com/activities-at-home/make-instrument/make-a-woodwind-instrument.aspx
Make your own string instrument out of a plastic bottle/jug and a comb!

Musical Instruments: Pages, Activities and Printouts
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/music/instruments/
Scroll down the page to Woodwind Instruments and find printable worksheets for students to color or label.

New York Philharmonic: Instrument Storage Room
http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml?
Take a trip through the instrument storage room! The room is divided by instrument families, and you can listen to each instrument or read more about it.

The Orchestra
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/instruments_orchestra.asp
This chart shows where each of the instruments of the orchestra is located during a performance. Click on any of the woodwind instruments for more information.

Wind Instruments
http://www.americaslibrary.gov/sh/oddball/sh_oddball_wind_1.html
Learn about some of the unusual instruments that led to the more common ones we know today.

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
http://www.carnegiehall.org/Article.aspx?id=4294972032
“Join Violet as she embarks on an instrument safari, guided by her venerable uncle Ollie, collecting all the instruments of the orchestra to the accompaniment of Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” Requires registration, so may be best played as a group.

Additional Resources

Musical Games
https://www.scorebig.com/helpful-music-games
This massive collection of musical games adds new dimension and fun in learning new musical concepts.

Songs to Sing in the Car
http://www.titlemax.com/songs-to-sing-in-the-car-for-kids/
Early exposure to music through singing with your child goes a long way in their ability to learn to play and enjoy more complex compositions.

 

 

 

 


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