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Lesson Plan

Music: Found-Object Orchestra
Subject: Art
Grade span: K to 3
Duration: Two to three 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Building Skills in the Arts


This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Building Skills in the Arts. In this activity, students will use classroom materials to create and use simple musical instruments to play.

Learning Goals:



  1. Compile excerpts of suggested classical music pieces.
  2. Read Max Found Two Sticks.
  3. Review the basics of the musical concepts to be discussed.
  4. Create your own musical instrument to demonstrate.

What to Do:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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