Unusual musical instruments free music lesson plan

A listening and observation lesson – using Youtube videos

There are some truly amazing videos of crazy, weird, unusual and wacky instruments on Youtube that are perfect for showing students in class.

This lesson is adaptable – there are a set of questions for students to answer (individually or as a group) and you can use any instrument video of your choosing.

I’ve given a few examples below (and in the downloadable lesson plan).

This could work as a quick mini-lesson, or fill an entire regular lesson.  It can also work as a standalone activity or fit into a broader unit of work on a specific topic.

Who is this suited to?

This is an adaptable lesson which suits students in years 5-8.

The lesson plan

  1. Download the lesson plan and student worksheets at the bottom of this post. There is one designed for students in K-4 and another for older students in years 5-8.
  2. Find a Youtube video that features an unusual musical instrument.  There are LOTS of options on Youtube. I’ve suggested a few below but you can use any video you like.
  3. Decide whether you will play the video to the class as a group (you’ll need a data projector and speakers) or whether students will watch the video on their individual devices (laptops or tablets)
  4. Distribute the listening worksheet to the students. You can either print it out, or distribute it digitally so that they can annotate it on a tablet device.
  5. Play the video and allow the students to fill in their responses.  

Example unusual musical instrument videos

Below is a Wakelet collection of videos that would work well with this lesson.  Or you can use one of your own!

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In the PDF download you will find:

  1. The lesson plan (includes teacher directions and curriculum standards for USA and AUS)
  2. Student worksheet – simplified version for K-4 students
  3. Student worksheet – for year 5 – 8 students

Click here to download