Music Web Lesson

    Ludwig van Beethoven


     You will need ear phones for this web lesson.

     Work your way through the following 5 activities.

 1. Visit the following site:

a) Go to the link 'More about Music', and then select 'Instruments of the Orchestra'. 
Then click and select each section of the orchestra, to listen to that section of the orchestra playing on its own. For each section, click the play button on the bottom left of the screen, (where it says: "Click here to listen to The String Section..."etc.) 

b) Print this plan of the orchestra, fill it in and paste it in your book. Label the diagram with the instruments you see in each section of the orchestra.

c) Print off these pictures, then cut them out and and paste them in the correct position on your diagram of the orchestra. (If you first paste them in a Word document, you can make them the size you want.) 

d) Go back to the 'Instruments of the Orchestra' page and click and listen to Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 First Movement. See if you can hear and pick out the different sections of the orchestra. Which section of the orchestra can you hear used just on its own?

e) Which part of the piece or symphony do you think is shown in the following notes?

(Copy and paste the following links and paste them in a new browser.)
Open this music time machine game: or this game called 'Composer Time Machine' at this site:, and click the button that is labelled 'How to play'. List in your book the four different time periods of music.

g) Find Beethoven with the 'Time Machine'. Write down the music period during which he composed his works, and note down also the year he was born and the year he died.

Go to the following site and find and visit the picture gallery:

3. Open this Timeline blank worksheet page. Draw the timeline in your book on a new double page. (Or print off a copy and paste it in your book)

Research and fill in the main historical events that occurred during his life on the blank timeline. 

The 'Composer Time Machine Game' will help you with this. When you find Beethoven,  pull the green handle down from the top right, to scroll through the historical event during his life.

Also add some personal events or achievements in his life from the following web site. Go to the following site and click the link labelled Chronology to help you. 

4.Test your research skills and find the answers to the followin questions about Beethoven.

a) What was it that he said would ..resound, roar, and rage.. in front of him?
b) What do people mean when they describe him as a "giant straddling two styles"?
c) When in his life did he become almost totally deaf?

     - Answer in complete sentences on a new page under the heading: Beethoven

5. Explore this music game site while you are waiting for the rest of the class to finish the timeline and questions.
9  bbc musical mystery music game.