This year for music we are concentrating on the sounds of the orchestra. We plan on studying Peter and the Wolf, as well as learning all of the instruments that are found in a symphony orchestra. Hopefully, we will also get to go to the local symphony orchestra's dress rehearsal this year. They let homeschoolers in for just a few dollars each. I found this great book, Those Amazing Musical Instruments!, in the library to start off our studies.
Wow! This book is really great. It has an interactive CD that plays parts of over 100 famous selections. There were many selections that were recognizable to my children, which made it much more exciting to them. Each instrument in the orchestra is introduced, the history is given, how the person is to play the instrument, and then they may go to the CD and listen to several selections that highlight each instrument. Also, many well-known musicians are introduced on the CD. We made it through the book one time and would like to do more with it, but our time is up and it must go back to the library. I think I will check it out again mid-year. I could not have asked for a better introduction to our music lessons for the year.