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YourClassical Kids Music Lessons: More Musical Maps!

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April 08, 2021

Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our latest YourClassical Kids Music Lesson.

Target age range: Grades 2-6. Teachers are encouraged to modify and adapt concepts and language to align with social studies units and make content grade-level appropriate.

In the first YourClassical Kids Lesson about Musical Maps, we looked at different kinds of maps and made a melody map. In the second installment, we will create a musical map of the instrumentation in a segment of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach.

1. Begin with a quick review. Remember that we defined a map as "a graphic diagram or representation of something."

2. In music, instrumentation means the group of instruments used to play any particular song or piece of music.

We will watch a one-minute segment of Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 and make a map of featured instruments we see and hear.

Here is a key that shows us all of the instruments used in the piece. Look at each instrument and familiarize yourself with how it looks.

Bach Instrumentation Key
Instrumentation Key for Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
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Note: The piccolo trumpet is similar to the regular trumpet, but is smaller. This means the pitch is higher. Notice that there are also four valves instead of the usual three.

3. Listen and watch the one minute segment of Bach's piece in the video below. Notice when the whole group plays together and notice when one instrument is featured in a short solo. When the whole group plays together, it's called tutti (pronounced TWO-tee).

4. Listen and watch one more time. This time, draw an instrumentation map that shows when the group is playing tutti or if an instrument is featured playing a solo. Create a grid like the one below to show what happens during that minute of music. In the blank box, write "tutti" if everyone is playing at once with no clear soloist. If there is a clearly featured solo instrument, write the name or draw a picture of that instrument. Here's a hint: not every instrument plays a solo!

Instrument Map
Instrument Map
Katie Condon

5. Here is a completed version of the instrumentation map.

Completed Instrument Map
Completed Instrument Map
Katie Condon

6. Try this same technique on additional pieces of music.

Tell us what you learned!

Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.

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