Aston-Teaching Instruments of the Orchestra for Music Teachers

Looking for a new, imaginative and fun way to teach your students about the instruments of the orchestra? Using the orchestra band called Aston you can now bring some new fun into your Music Classroom. Aston use up to date chart songs and rearrange them for orchestral instruments.

Identifying classic popular songs aurally

I will play 4 classic popular songs. Students will identify the name of the song and the artist who sung each song. The songs will be re-arranged for classical instruments.

Identifying Instruments playing each extract

Students will try identify any instrument they hear playing the re-arrangement of popular songs and what family they belong to.

1)    Violin

2)    Cello

3)    Classical Guitar

4)    Piano

5)    Timpani

6)    Gong

7)    Cymbals

8)   Chimes (Tubular Bells)

Video of Aston playing classical instruments.

I will ask the class can they name any instruments they see in the video. I will then provide a short definition and explanation of each instrument (what family they belong to, how they are played etc). Students will then continue watching the video and identify what song it is and answer questions on handout.


Students will read biography on the band ‘Aston’ from handout. I will provide a profile on each member in the band and what instrument they play. They will then answer questions on the handout about the band, allowing me to assess what they have leant throughout the lesson.



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