Grant Llewellyn, conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, introduces the brass section of the orchestra. The instruments that make up the brass section of the orchestra are introduced individually and then there is an opportunity to hear them play a short piece of music from 'The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra' by Benjamin Britten. The instruments from the brass family section of the orchestra are the tuba, trombone, trumpet and horns.
This clip can be used to give an introduction to the families of instruments that make up the orchestra. Display the instruments of the brass section, ideally with some actual instruments in addition to pictures. Talk to the children about the material the instruments are made from - yes brass! Ask children to identify how they are similar (or not) and how they produce sounds in comparable ways. Play sound bites of each different instrument and ask children to identify which instrument is playing. Comment on the dynamics and timbre of the sounds. These instruments can play louder than any other instrument in the orchestra and can be heard from far away. Ask them to move in the way that the sounds make them feel. Physical involvement is a very important aspect of music learning, especially for children with additional needs. Moving or dancing helps pupils to begin to internalise rhythmic and pitch concepts. Brass instruments ideally conjure up processional, marching movements following a steady beat. In addition, the pupils could be asked to present a mime showing the action required to play a particular brass instrument and the group asked to guess the instrument being played. This helps to refine and control movement and develops co-ordination skills.