Music Study: Learning the Brass Family

We have been learning about the instruments in the brass family, since those were among the instruments of choice for Handel’s Water Music.

In addition to reviewing our instrument cards that I got for free off of CurrClick.com, I’ve also been using the kidsite from New York’s Philharmonic Orchestra: nyphilkids.org. The “Instrument Storage Room” allows the kids to click on the silhouette of an instrument, then the instrument appears with a brief history of that instrument, a musical clip of the instrument to listen to, and occasionally a video clip to watch.

My son had such a blast with this! I’d love for him to learn to identify the instruments by their sound, but I’m not sure that the clips they provide are distinct enough for that lesson. We’ll see how it goes: I’ll “play it by ear” (wink, wink).