Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Encounter: From Silence to Symphony
From the Melbourne Symphony, this wonderful site provides an interactive way to learn about the symphony orchestra. There are audio and video clips covering instruments, the act of conducting, musical themes, music history, arranging and more. Students will enjoy the “90 Minutes Circling the Earth (Hymn to Freedom)” that was commissioned to aid students and their families in exploring individual instruments. Clicking on a graphic of a symphony orchestra shows the individual instruments and the sound they produce. A time line of the periods of music includes the composers of the period as well as the features of each kind of music.