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Choosing the best instrument for you


Students research the features and costs of musical instruments and use a decision matrix to compare options and determine the best one for their needs, wants, and budget.

Big idea

Product research and comparison shopping help you make informed buying decisions.

Essential questions

  • How do product research and comparison shopping help you make more informed buying decisions?
  • What features might you compare before making a purchase?


  • Research and compare features of musical instruments
  • Analyze data collected to make an informed buying decision

What students will do

  • Conduct research to identify features and costs of two musical instruments.
  • Analyze and compare the data gathered on different features.
  • Decide on a musical instrument that meets their needs, wants, and budget.

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Note: Please remember to consider your students’ accommodations and special needs to ensure that all students are able to participate in a meaningful way.

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