Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf

Appropriate for Teachers & Students: K – 2nd grade

Children’s imaginations will run wild as the story of Peter and the Wolf musically comes to life in Prokofiev’s beloved work! Follow the tale of Peter and his animal friends on a symphonic adventure and get to know the instruments of the orchestra at the same time.  Each character in this musical fairy tale is represented by a different instrument of the orchestra.  Experience the beautiful tapestry of orchestral color that reflects our own unique voices and personalities.

Students will:

  • Experience a live orchestra performance.
  • Practice active listening skills, aurally identifying the instruments of the orchestra by timbre.
  • Connect musical themes with characters in the story to experience how music can tell a story and reflects the mood and actions of the characters.


  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    9:30 a.m.
    1:00 p.m.

Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo, TX 79101

$1.00 per person

TEACHER RESOURCESDownloadable PDF with the following…

  • Story of Peter and the Wolf, complete with –
    • Character Maps so students can use clues from the story to…
      • develop a list of character traits for each character
      • predict what each character’s musical theme may sound like
      • WRITE observations, using elements of music and other musical vocabulary, OR younger students can use MOVEMENT to share what they noticed
    • Audio recording of Peter and the Wolf (via YouTube), complete with –
      • Individual instrument demonstrations where students can…
        • compare & contrast their predictions vs. observations
        • match an instrument/instrument family to a particular character
      • Track 1 – Introduction
        • Bird (0:17 – 0:30) – Played by the Flute (woodwind family)
        • Duck (0:33 – 0:50) – Played by the Oboe (woodwind family)
        • Cat (0:53 – 1:12) – Played by the Clarinet (woodwind family)
        • Grandfather (1:17 – 1:40) – Played by the Bassoon (woodwind family)
        • Wolf (1:44 – 2:02) – Played by three French Horns (brass family)
        • Peter (2:06 – 2:26) – Played by the Violins, Violas, Cellos and Basses (string family)
        • Hunters (2:32 – 2:39) – Played by the timpani (percussion family)

Other activities can include:

  • Organize and Develop Artistic Ideas
    • Create a NEW character for Peter and the Wolf. Students will create a theme for their character, and using a 2-beat building block, will create an 8-beat phrase using some of the boxes. Using a UTP instrument, students will perform their character’s theme for the class.
    • Students can make a paper hat (construction paper) that identifies a particular character from the story, encouraging engagement and heightened listening, particularly during the concert experience.
  • Speaking and Listening
      • In sections, discuss what is happening in the story and how the music reflects the mood or actions of the story’s characters. Put students in small groups and assign each group a scene to act out.

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