Using musical instruments in the classroom

Productive use of the time

You should bear in mind that when distributing musical instruments, it is of course very tempting for children (and adults!) to play these instruments as they are being distributed. A teacher could capitalise on this and set a specific task for children to do during this time, for example to practise a passage of music that is related to the task, or to explore their instrument creatively (e.g. by giving them the instruction that they should find the longest/shortest/most unusual sound their instrument can make).