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Introducing kids to the orchestra, its instruments and other facts, is a good starting point to get them into music appreciation. 

In this post, I’m going to explain several different facets of the orchestra in point form, so you in turn can use these easy to remember facts to introduce your children to the orchestra. 

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Did you know there are two main types of orchestras?

The Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra. 


The Chamber Orchestra

It often consists of less than 50 musicians. Chamber orchestras were very popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and composers like Mozart, Haydn and Vivaldi were some of the famous musicians who composed pieces performed by Chamber Orchestras.


The Symphony Orchestra

This type of orchestra boasts over 100 musicians and the instruments can be classed into four different sections

Strings (cellos, double bass, violas, first and second violins)

Brass (trumpets, horns)

Woodwinds (bassoons, clarinets, oboes, flutes)

Percussion (timpani)

Beethoven, Wagner, and Brahms composed pieces for symphony orchestras.

During the 19th century, even more, instruments such as the trombone and the tuba were added to the symphony orchestra.

However, by the 20th century, composers started writing pieces that required lesser instruments and were similar to chamber orchestras.


The Conductor

The role of the conductor consists of more than simply ‘waving a baton with a flourish’. 

Rather, a conductor’s job starts with studying, exploring and analysing the music long before meeting the orchestra or rehearsing. 

It is through study, analysis and exploration that the conductor is able to understand the vision of the composer and inspire the musicians in the orchestra to bring it to life.

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