Teddy Bear Picnic

Teddy Bear Picnic (Ages 7-14, Beginner to Intermediate Strings)


The Teddy Bear Picnic is a fun and playful introduction to composition, musical form, improvisation, and using imagination with music.  It is designed to inspire Beginners and Intermediate string players (first and second year) and lasts for one hour or one class period.  Most appropriate for ages 7-14, maximum 25 students per workshop.  

Students learn how to recognize and develop a “Rondo” form composition starting with just an open D string, one finger, and a lot of imagination.  Each variation is created as students give personalities to each “bear” character at their picnic.  The final composition is performable and extremely entertaining for everyone involved and can feature individual students, specific sections, or the whole ensemble.  Wonderful way to showcase creativity while developing technique.


Clairbourn School 5th grade orchestra presents their version of The Teddy Bears’ Picnic


Download sheet music to see playing levels.