Music is Instrumental: The Oboe
- The cello is actually named the violincello, which means ‘big small’ in Italian.
- It is the second largest member of the string family.
- The left hand plays the notes on the fingerboard.
- The right hand can either play pizzicato (plucked) the string or play arco (with the bow.)
- In the 1800’s, the cello did not have an end pin; the player had to suspend it between their knees.
- The cello sounds lower than the viola, but higher than the double bass.
‘Purposeful’ viewing creates more engaged and focused learners, increases retention of the information presented, and leads students to more personalized learning. To create a ‘purposeful’ viewing environment:
I. Before viewing the video
- Ask students to share what they know about the instrument.
- Create a ‘purposeful’ question using the Support Information for each instrument.
- Ask the students to listen for the answer to a specific ‘purposeful’ question. For example, “How long is the instrument?” “How is the tone produced?” “What materials were used to make the instrument?” “What other instruments are related?”
- Use more open-ended ‘purposeful’ questions with more advanced students or in 2nd or 3rd viewings. “What are 3 important facts the musician shared about the instrument?” “What has the musician learned through playing their instrument?” “How does this instrument compare and contrast to other instruments we have studied?” “What is a fact or piece of information you think no one else in the class will remember?”
II. View the video
III. After viewing
- Divide the class into small groups to discuss the answer to the question. Allow each group to share their answer.
- For a more advanced ‘purposeful’ question, ask the students to share their responses with their group. Then the group must select their top three responses to share with the entire class.
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Music
Elementary Grades K-5
(1) Foundations: music literacy. The student describes and analyzes musical sound.
(3) Historical and cultural relevance. The student examines music in relation to history and cultures.
(4) Critical evaluation and response. The student listens to, responds to, and evaluates music and musical performances.
Middle School 1, 2, 3
(1) Foundations: music literacy. The student describes and analyzes music and musical sound. The student explores fundamental skills appropriate for a developing young musician.
(4) Historical and cultural relevance. The student relates music to history, culture, and the world.
(5) Critical evaluation and response. The student listens to, responds to, and evaluates music and musical performance in both formal and informal settings.
High School Music I, II, III, IV, Music Studies
(1) Foundations: music literacy. The student describes and analyzes music and musical sounds. The student develops organizational skills, engages in problem solving, and explores the properties and capabilities of various musical idioms.
(5) Historical and cultural relevance. The student relates music to history, culture, and the world.
(6) Critical evaluation and response. The student listens to, responds to, and evaluates music and musical performance in both formal and informal settings.
Music is Instrumental is made possible by support from The Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust and the Junior League of Amarillo.