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Big-Time Band

Which instruments are played in a marching band? Concert band? Jazz band? Create and decorate detailed, life-size replicas of your favorite instruments.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Explore with students the various instruments used in different types of bands (such as concert, marching, mariachi, polka, or jazz). Ask a music teacher or other musician to demonstrate or show pictures of the instruments.
    2. Each instrument makes a distinct sound. To find out about these sounds, listen to each one play, either live or recorded. Listen to different types of band music, too. Have students pick out their favorite instrument.
    3. Students closely examine the instrument. Notice its shape, and the valves, holes, slides, reeds, and other devices used to make sounds.
    4. On poster board, use Crayola® Washable Markers to outline the instrument. Make sure that the instrument is large, preferably life size.
    5. Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Kid's Paint and Paint Brushes to paint the instrument. Start with the outline, then fill in. Dry.
    6. Add details with Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.
    7. Cut out the finished instrument with Crayola Scissors. Students use their voice to imitate the sounds the instrument would make. Join with classmates to create a Big-Time Band!
  • Standards

    LA: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Arrange for students to see a live concert, such as a high school holiday concert. Encourage students to observe how the musicians play together to create the music.

    If older students in the school play instruments, arrange for the class to listen to each instrument play individually. Prior to the visit, students prepare a set of questions for peer musicians.

    In small groups, students research the lives and careers of famous musicians such as Louis Armstrong (trumpet) or Bennie Goodman (clarinet). Students organize their research into a presentation that is to be videoed and posted to a classroom file for future viewing.


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