Year 4

Unit 7 – History

The teacher will introduce the names of instruments which were played during the renaissance period (1400-1600). The children will make associations with modern day instruments.

The teacher will invite the students to explore how medieval and renaissance music music was also present in Maltese music, through possible routes of influence in the local scene. Students will be introduced to the musical developments which happened between the middle ages and the renaissance, the transition and development which gave rise to a new musical expansion of different genres of styles, such as the birth of Gregorian chant, recorder music, fife and drum music.

Concert of Women attibuted to the Master of Female Half-Lengths
Dutch Northern Renaissance Painter, ca. 1530-1540

Activity 1 – Renaissance Instruments

The objective of the first task is to introduce children to a rich variety of instruments by means of a word-search puzzle. This helps to reinforce the acquired vocabulary regarding instruments.

String Instruments
Gamba, Harp, Harpsichord, Hurdy-Gurdy, Lute, Viol

Wind Instruments
Bagpipe, Cornett, Flute, Lizard, Recorder, Serpent


Activity 2 – Identify the Instrument from image

In this PowerPoint, renaissance instrument picures will be presented. The teacher will give a brief description on each instrument. It is suggested they are also exposed to the sound produced by each instrument, individually. The children will be asked to identify the instrument name from the image.

Activity 3 – Classifying Instruments

As a continuation of the previous activity, the teacher will explain that these instruments can be classified into two groups: String Instruments and Wind Instrument. The teached will describe the shared qualities or characteristics of these groups. Once again, the instruments are presented one by one, asking the children to observe the image of the instrument and to classify each instrument according to the these characteristics.

Activity 4 – Identify the Instrument from sound

The teacher will show clips / videos of renaissance instrument being played individually. The teacher can ask the children to give a brief description on each instrument. In this activity, the children will be asked to identify the instrument name from the sound. The teacher can give clues on the instrument characteristics or give a choice from 2 or 3 instruments to facilitate the process of detecting the instrument.