Instruments of the orchestra card sort (advanced)
An advanced, extensive card sort for names of orchestral instruments in four languages (English, Italian, German and French) and their common abbreviations used in scores.

- Print all pages
- Cut out (or have students cut out) all of the instrument names on pages 1-4
- Provide students with pages 5-8, ask them to categorise each instrument.
- Either provide a time constraint to see how much they can do or set more than one team* against each other.
*Best completed either in groups or one-student-per-section, otherwise potentially too lengthy a task to hold students' attention.

This resource is also an easy way to assemble a personalised list of unknown terminology for students to work on memorising (from those cards which are 'left over' after completing the exercise). Great for use near the start of an A-level course or for advanced theory students (e.g. ABRSM grade 8).


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Created: Nov 21, 2016

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