Orchestra Listening Assignment Music

At the beginning of each nine-week period, each orchestra class will be introduced to string/full orchestra masterworks of a particular style period (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or 20th-Century/Contemporary).

Each week each student is expected to:

 (1) watch/listen to the YouTube videos* of that musical style period in place of one practice session (same amount of time), and 

(2) write a brief description of one selection on the weekly Personal Practice Plan.

At the end of the nine weeks he/she will be expected to recognize and name all of the selections for that quarter's style period.  A 20-point multiple-choice Listening Test will be used to assess each student's competence.

*CD's of the listening selections are available upon request

Listening List and YouTube videos for the Baroque Style Period 

(See the attachments below for the Baroque Initial Listening Assignment (study sheet), the Baroque Slide Presentation [ppt], andthe Style Period Info sheet which coordinates with the slides.)

Listening List and YouTube videos for the Classical Style Period

Listening List and YouTube videos for the Romantic Style Period

Listening List and YouTube videos for the 20th-Century / Contemporary Style Period

Listening List
This is a list of influential and talented concert musicians from whom we can all learn something.


Julius Baker
Jeanne Baxtresser
Lori Bell
William Bennett
Michel Debits Geoffrey Gilbert
Marcel Mouse



Carl Baermann
Heinrich Baermann
Jack Brymer
Martin Fröst
Johann Simon Hermstedt
Sharon Kam
Dieter Klöcker
Karl Leister
Sabine Meyer
Jost Michaels
Richard Mühlfeld
Charles Neidich
Richard Stoltzman





Heinz Holziger

Maurice Bourgue

Albrecht Mayer

Alex Klein 


Marcel Mule
Otis Murphy
Jean-Yves Formeau
Fred Hemke
Eugene Rousseau
James Hulk



Maurice André

Alison Balson
Armando Ghitalla
Haken Hardenberger
Adolph “Bud” Herseth
Malcom McNab
Rafael Méndez
Maurice Murphy
Sergei Nakariakov
Charles Schlueter
Philip Smith
William Vacchiano
Allen Vizzutti
Roger Voisin



Dennis Brain
Dale Clevenger
Philip Farkas
Douglas Hill
Michael Thompson
Barry Tuckwell



Joseph Alessi
Ian Bousfield
Nick Hudson
Christian Lindberg
Denis Wick



Brian Bowman
Leonard Falcone
Arthur W. Lehman
Simone Mantia
Steven Mead
David Thornton



William Bell
Roger Bobo
John Tommy Johnson
Harvey Phillips
Arnold Jacobs

Mallet Percussion:


Clair Omar Musser
Leigh Howard Stevens
Gordon Stout
Nancy Zeltsman
Evelyn Glennie



Tim Adams
Cloyd Duff
Vic Firth
Tom Freer
Saul Goodman
David Gross
Fred Hinger
Roland Kohloff

Symphonic Bands/Wind Ensembles


Dallas Wind Symphony
Eastman Wind Ensemble
Keystone Winds
Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra
United States Army Band
United States Navy Concert Band
The President’s Own” United States Marine Band
University of North Texas Symphonic Band  

 Listening Assignment


1.    Find an artist (who plays your instrument) that is considered an expert….one of the best. Ask your private teacher or choose from the list abobe

2.   Find a performance by then online and Listen/watch them perform.

3.  Write 3-4 paragraphs and include the following:

     a.   Name of performer and small bio

     b.  Name of piece and some background on it

     c. Your personal reflection on what you saw or heard…..what made it great?

4. Include the URL (Web Address) of the music or video. 

5. Email it your teacher or upload it to Schoology.

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