Music Education Resources
What is a Symphony?
What is a Symphony is a workbook for fourth-graders that introduces the concept of a symphony and takes them through its history.
Download it here! What is a Symphony
You can download a copy for personal use.
Please get permission from the PVSO&C office for any other use
(classroom distribution, etc.)
Music Through the Ages
Music Through the Ages is an introduction to music history written by former PVS Board President Jack Ramey, and designed by former PVS chorister Lynn Nichols. This beginner’s text surveys classical music from the Renaissance through today.
Click here to download the Music Through the Ages Guide
You can download a copy for personal use. Please get permission from the PVSO&C office for any other use (classroom distribution, etc.)
What’s in an Orchestra?
The student workbook What’s in an Orchestra?, developed and written by former PVS Managing Director, former PVS Board President and current PVS violist Judy Hudson, is a kid-friendly introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. It includes concert etiquette tips and a number of fun projects.
Links for Kids
Click on Fun Zone, where you will find two further choices: (1) Coloring Pages, where printable coloring book sketches of animals playing a musical instrument can be downloaded. The monkey playing a cello is particularly charming. (2) Online Games leads you to Musical Sketch Pad, where simple tunes can be created on different instruments; Rhythm Pad is a similar concept for playing around with various rhythms.
The Instruments of the Orchestra section is good, and in the Music Lab section entitled Instrumentation, the sounds of a flute, violin, or tuba can be heard, alone or manipulated to play in combination. The Radio section plays brief snippets of famous compositions.
The Listen section plays audio selections by individual Instruments or by a lengthy list of Composers from Baroque to today; with the composer excerpts individual biographies of each composer are displayed. The Games section might interest some children, but seems pretty clunky compared with the games that most will be familiar with.
Our Instruments gives a lot of information and good demonstrations of the instruments; Symphony Spotlight has interesting video clips of individual NSO players, who talk about their careers, how they got into music, as well as demonstrating their instruments.
A variety of areas to explore, including links to Morton Sobotnik’s Creating Music site, where a more sophisticated version of the Baltimore SO’s Musical Sketch Pad can be found. A link to Carnegie Hall gives an animated history of the famous performing hall, with Gino the Cat as the host.