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January 2001

GRADE LEVEL: 3-5, 6-8

This site introduces youngsters to the instruments of the orchestra in a fun way.

Playmusic.org is bright, colorful, and sure to appeal to students.

From the image map of the orchestra, users simply click on the section of instruments to learn more about them. There is a menu for each group of instruments at the top of the pages, and a bottom menu gives the choices of returning to the home page or navigating through the site.

Let Koda the conductor get your students excited about music as he takes them on a tour of the orchestra through games, animation, audio, and more. Students as well as professionals demonstrate the various instruments, and the site provides descriptions of individual instruments through animation and sound. Included is an Ask a Mentor section, where students can choose a mentor and post questions, and a musical greeting card section. From the Jukebox, users can go directly to sound clips for orchestral, percussion, woodwind, string, or brass music. Also included are Meet Composers and Meet Musicians sections as well as links to other relevant music sites.