The Symphony Orchestra: Revealing the Mysteries of Each of the Instrument Groups

Many people attend orchestral concerts and can name the instruments playing but the actual physicality, dimension, sound production, history and function of most instruments remains a mystery. This series deals with each of the instrumental families of the orchestra and discusses the similarities and difference between each group and each other, while listening to some beautiful musical examples.


DELIVERY MODE

  • This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom.
  • This course requires students to have an email, a reliable internet connection, a microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The string section – the string section is the biggest family in the orchestra and although the instruments all look the same, there are many varying characteristics between each instrument.
  • The woodwind section – This section is grouped together solely because they were all originally made of wood and are blown. Each instrument is more dissimilar than similar and has a family of its own.
  • The Brass section – All the instruments in the brass family are blown the same way but their function within the orchestra is very different
  • The percussion section – The percussion section is the most varied. There are instruments that are hit, strummed, have pitch and don’t have pitch, are loud and soft. The percussionist needs to be able to play this huge array of instruments which seems to be continuously growing.
  • The ‘other’ instruments – There are many instruments which are not strictly members of the orchestra but are often used to enhance the tonal qualities of the music, as well as instruments which were once part of the orchestra but are now almost extinct. This class explores some of these.
  • The Conductor – What is the person in the front of the orchestra doing? Conducting is a means of communicating artistic directions to the performers, to set tempi, and to interpret the music but so much more as well.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the different instruments of the orchestra and the families they belong to.
  2. Explain how the various instruments have evolved over time to the instruments of today.
  3. Discuss the different roles each family plays in the orchestra and how this has changed over time.
$192 Limited / $173

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