Instruments of the Orchestra


Carolyn Lucento


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, self paced course with Carolyn Lucento!


This course provides 12 weeks of preschool music curriculum exploring the four instrument families of the orchestra: brass, strings, woodwinds, and percussion.

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

Participants will receive instruction for setting up shelf activities to support each week's lesson and plenty of extensions to help stretch the curriculum well beyond 12 weeks.

Instruments of the Orchestra 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.


A certificate of completion for 15 hours is provided. Learn more about certificates here.


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!

Carolyn Lucento

Carolyn is a long time Montessorian and music teacher with over 30 years of experience. She received her first Montessori Training in 1980 from St. Nicholas Montessori College in London, and became re-certified with AMS in 2006. She has also served as the music instructor for teachers in training at the Fountainhead Montessori Adult Education Program.

Carolyn is certified in Orff-Schulwerk Music Education for children Preschool through Lower Elementary and has been teaching music to children since 2013. She has also danced with several Dance Companies in the SF Bay Area and loves to sing and play traditional Mountain Music on her Appalachian Dulcimer & Autoharp.

Learn more about Carolyn at magicalmovementcompany.com

Inside the Course

In this course, we will explore 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.

This will be combined with discussion about 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.


Course Contents

  Preparing for the Course
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  Week 1: "And Now... Presenting the Orchestra!"
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  Week 2: Let's Move to Orchestra Music
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  Week 3: Introducing the Brass Family
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  Week 4: More from the Brass Family
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  Week 5: Here Come the Strings
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  Week 6: Lovely String Family
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  Week 7: "Listen to the Flute"
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  Week 8: More of the Woodwind Family
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  Week 9: Finally... the Percussion Family
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  Week 10: More and More Percussion
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  Week 11: Pitched Percussion
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  Week 12: Which Orchestra Family is Your Favorite?
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  Certificate and Discounts
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This is a pre-recorded course and you may watch it at your own pace. You have access for one year and you may rewatch the content as often as you wish during that time. We recommend that you allow yourself at least one week per module.

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.

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. 

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.

Does this course cover the Montessori Bells?

No. The Montessori Bells are not covered in this course.

Can I download the videos?

No. The videos may only be watched streaming online. This requires a fairly reliable internet connection.

Enrollment for this course is currently closed.

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