Aim: How can string players use their bows and hands to create different sounds on their instruments?
Summary: Students explore expressive qualities through various string techniques.
Standards: US 3, 4, 6, 7; NYC 1, 2, 4
Modality: responding, creating
Materials: ribbon or string, audio and/or video recordings of string ensembles
Time Required: 20 minutes
This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox
Have students create an arrangement for a string soloist or school ensemble of a simple song like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and suggest alterations in pizzicato, tremolo, legato, etc.
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String Quartet in F Major, second movement by Maurice Ravel. Performed by the “Army Strings” ensemble of the United States Army Band. The work of the US Army Band is in the public domain.
Hungarian Dance No. 5, from 21 Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms. Performed by the U.S. Army Band. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.