Music for Youth: The Orchestra at Work

Explore how the musicians, conductor, composers and audience members all have an important role in the orchestra community! Learn how the instruments work together and investigate the roles of the conductor and the composer.
Grades 1-4 suggested

The Orchestra at Work content is broken into smaller video clips further down the page. If you prefer to view the youth concert as a whole, please watch the video directly below.

Introduction
Overture to Candide
by Leonard Bernstein

An introduction to the orchestra and the people that work together to create wonderful music.

The Orchestra
Symphony No. 6, Mvt. III
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Learn about the different sections that make up the orchestra team!

THE ORCHESTRA AT WORK

Learn how each member of the orchestra (onstage and behind-the-scenes) contributes to a successful performance.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Instrument Families
My Country ‘Tis of Thee excerpts
by Samuel Smith

Discover each instrument family and the BPO musicians that represent them.

THE ORCHESTRA AT WORK

Identify the instruments and instrument families by sound.
Grades 1-4 suggested

The Conductor
Funeral March of a Marionette
by Charles Gounod

Explore the role that the conductor plays in the orchestra and practice some of the basic skills necessary for being a conductor.

THE CONDUCTOR AS LEADER

Learn how the conductor communicates with the musicians during a concert.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Tempo
Hungarian Dance No. 6
by Johannes Brahms

Learn how the conductor communicates basic tempos.

THE CONDUCTOR AS LEADER

Understand and communicate basic tempos (fast and slow).
Grades 1-4 suggested

Dynamics
Symphony No. 3, Mvt. IV
by Ludwig van Beethoven

Learn how the conductor communicates dynamics.

THE CONDUCTOR AS LEADER

Understand and communicate basic dynamics (loud and quiet).
Grades 1-4 suggested

Conducting Duple Meter
Hoedown from Rodeo
by Aaron Copland

Learn how the conductor communicates meter.

THE CONDUCTOR AS LEADER

Understand and communicate duple meter.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Conducting Triple Meter
Romanian Folk Dances, Mvt. IV
by Béla Bartók

Learn how the conductor communicates meter.

THE CONDUCTOR AS LEADER

Understand and communicate triple meter.
Grades 1-4 suggested

The Composer
Seven O’Clock Shout
by Valerie Coleman

Experience music by a living American composer!

VALERIE COLEMAN

Learn about the life and music of this living American composer.
Grades 1-4 suggested

The Audience
My Country ‘Tis of Thee
by Samuel Smith

Sing along with this American patriotic song!

MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE

Learn the basic meaning and historical origin of a well-known American patriotic song.
Grades 1-4 suggested

Finale
Radetzky March
by Johann Strauss

Celebrate the Buffalo Philharmonic orchestra team with this heroic piece!

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