Instruments of the Orchestra

A 12 Week Music Curriculum For Montessori and Preschool Classrooms


Do you need someone to show you, step by step, how to conduct a successful music class with preschoolers?

Are you ready to add some more activities to your music curriculum?

Are you looking for a developmentally appropriate way to introduce orchestral music to young children?

If so, please join us for this fun twelve-week course with Carolyn Lucento!

This course is filled with enchanting music, amazing visuals, and unique activities presented in more than 50 instructional videos. And, it can all be viewed in the convenience of your own home or on your laptop at your favorite coffee shop!

The twelve lessons have many extensions that can make this curriculum stretch over more than just 12 weeks. Carolyn's little students ask for these activities over and over, even months (or years!) later.

This is a pre-recorded online video course. Carolyn provides video demonstrations for 12 weeks of circle time lessons for preschoolers about four instrument families of the orchestra. Also included is video instruction on how to set up shelf activities to support each week's lesson, printable downloads to help you prepare these activities, and plenty of extensions to help you stretch the curriculum well beyond twelve weeks.

Each week includes 45-75 minutes of video instruction, a printable lesson plan and printable support materials, recommended sources for supplies, and even some downloadable mp3s.

When you register, you will have access to the full contents of the course and may go at your own pace. However, the lessons are presented in a sequential manner and it is recommended that you offer them in your classroom in this order.

Sample Music Shelf

Here, Carolyn offers suggestions for a music shelf to start off your "Instruments of the Orchestra" unit. In the course, she provides shelf activities for all twelve weeks.

This course is an excellent supplement to the "Musically Montessori: First Twelve Weeks" course. Combined, these two courses can help you create a year long music curriculum for your class.

You can also use this course as a stand-alone music curriculum.

When you offer these lessons to the children in the Autumn, they are ready for the wonderful Winter Orchestral Performances that are geared to children, in particular Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite."

When you offer these lessons in the Winter months, the children may have already been to a Winter performance and so they have already had that concrete experience that makes these lessons even more meaningful,especially if the children saw a performance with a live orchestra!

When you offer these lessons in the Spring or Summer, the children will be able to really enjoy the outdoor classical music concerts for children that happen in that time of year!

Sample Video

Discussion of the 3-Period Lesson

In this course, we will be exploring the four Instrument Families of the Orchestra:

Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, and Tuba

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, and Upright Bass

Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon

Percussion: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Timpani, Piano, Xylophone, Glockenspiel and various rhythm instruments.

Carolyn will be relating these topics to specific Famous Composers, as well as basic music concepts, such as Tempo, Dynamics, and Pitch.

Along with full video demonstrations for all lessons, you will receive:

  • Pdf Downloads of the Lesson Plans
  • Visuals for circle time
  • Templates for children's shelf work
  • mp3 music downloads for movement activities & focused listening excerpts to illustrate the instruments being featured.

About Carolyn Lucento

I'm a long time Montessorian, a grandmother, and admirer of wild flowers, music and art of all kinds. I created Magical Movement Company in 1992 as a way to enrich the learning experiences of the people around me through Music, Dance, Drama, The Arts and Nature. Over the years, I have worked and played with so many wonderful beings that I just had to create a "company" that includes all of them!

Since 2013, I have been an Orff-Schulwerk Music Specialist in Montessori programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently I teach one Lower Elementary and thirty Preschool classes each week...that's more than 850 students! And, I love it. Before this, I was a Site Director at Fountainhead Montessori and before that I was an ECE Instructor at the American College of California.

I have also owned my own Montessori School, Albion Children's House (in Mendocino, CA). In the 1980's I was the designer at our stained glass business, Asheville Art Glass, with my husband. And, before all that, I was a High School Social Studies teacher!

In 1980, I received my first Montessori Training from St. Nicholas Montessori College in London, and I became re-certified with AMS in 2006 through the Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education Program where I currently teach their Music Training Workshops to Montessori Interns each Spring.

I have certification in Orff-Schulwerk Music Education for children Preschool through Lower Elementary. I've danced with several Dance Companies in the SF Bay Area and I sing and play traditional Mountain Music on my Appalachian Dulcimer & Autoharp.

My own children were homeschooled through their High School years in our Montessori program, Pacific Coast Erdkinder.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a self-paced course. Once you sign up, you can watch the videos and complete the suggested activities at your own pace. We recommend that you allow yourself at least one week per module.
Is this a live workshop?
No. This course consists of pre-recorded video lectures and downloadable resources. You may view the videos as many times as desired at your convenience for at least one year.
Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?
You can get a certificate of attendance for 15 Hours by request. You will need to fill out a feedback form. You will receive a PDF certificate via email, Read more about certificates of attendance HERE. IMPORTANT: Some licensing agencies do not accept credits for online courses that are done on-demand. If you are counting on the credits being accepted, please consult with your licensing agency before purchasing.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in teaching music to young children. Whether you are a parent, classroom teacher, music teacher, or anyone else, this is a great course for you! All are welcome.
Is this a MACTE accredited course?
No. This is an on-demand online course and does not include the timed and in-person components required for MACTE accreditation. MACTE also does not accredit professional development courses.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for at least one year.
How much access do I have to the instructor? Can I ask her questions?
This course is not priced for private access to the instructor. However, Carolyn Lucento will be available inside the private Facebook Group to answer questions and provide general support.
Does this course cover the Montessori Bells?
No. The Montessori Bells are not covered in this course.
How does the school registration work?
The school registration allows one buyer to purchase on behalf of multiple participants. Once you have checked out, we will send you access links to pass on to the other participants (We have to do this part manually, so please allow 48 hours). You do not need to send us the names or emails of your group. The access links will enable each participant to set up their own login to view the course. If you are planning to view the course videos as a group, please be sure to purchase the school registration that corresponds to the number of viewers.
I am trying to create an account but it says my email is already taken. What do I do?
This means that you already have an account with Trillium Montessori Courses because you registered for one of our other courses in the past. Use the password you created when you originally signed up, and then login to continue your purchase. If you have forgotten your password, click "Forgot Password" below the login button to reset your password. Please do not create multiple accounts for yourself using different emails.
Can I download the videos?
No. The videos may only be watched streaming online. This requires a fairly reliable internet connection.
Is this course limited to residents of a particular country?
It is open to residents of any country. You just need to have access to a computer and internet. You also need to be able to pay via credit card or Paypal. We do not accept other forms of payment.

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