Discovering the Instruments of the Orchestra

Discovering the Instruments of the Orchestra

Learn to hear and appreciate the nuances of each instrument in the orchestra, enabling you to listen more deeply to any kind of music.

About this course:

The world’s greatest orchestras have the incredible ability to sound so unified they feel like one single instrument. Listening to the music of an orchestra can feel invigorating, exciting, and life-affirming all at the same time. But how do you learn to hear and appreciate the nuances of each instrument? How have the instruments that make up an orchestra evolved and improved over time?

Dr. L Michael Griffel, Chair of Juilliard’s Music History Department, takes you on a journey into the orchestra and introduces you to the history of its principal instruments.

You will learn about each instrument, from violin to timpani, and will gain the ability to recognize their individual sounds and textures when listening to any orchestral music.

Through four modules you will discover the four families of instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, giving you confidence to further discover the music of the orchestra. No prior musical experience necessary.

What you’ll learn:

  • How the instruments of the orchestra have evolved over time, and what the four families of instruments are
  • What it’s like for musicians to create sound and music with different instruments
  • How to recognize instruments by their sounds in classical music, leaving you better equipped to listen more deeply to any kind of music

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    • Price Free
    • Artistic skills
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