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Meet the Instrument Families

An introduction to the families of musical instruments.....strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion.
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Don Gallo

on 14 October 2013

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Meet the Instrument Families
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce students to the families of musical instruments with a focus on classification based on characteristics and performance attributes. Visual and audio samples of the more common instruments are included. The intent, however, is for students, through follow-up activities, to develop the skills needed to successfully classify all instruments, including less common instruments from other countries. As an introductory whole class activity, this presentation is intended to trigger thought and stimulate group discussion before launching the unit of study.
They are usually made of wood.
The strings are plucked or bowed.
The strings vibrate to produce sound.
They produce their sound by being
hit, shaken, rubbed or scraped.
What is
a family?

Musical instruments have families too.
Percussion
Strings
Woodwinds
Brass
Strings
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass
Harp
They are or used to be made of wood.
They are shaped like a cylinder or cone.
The air flows across a reed or hole.
They have finger holes or keys.
Woodwinds
Clarinet
Bassoon
Flute
Oboe
They are always made of brass.
They are shaped like a long winding tube.
They have a cupped mouthpiece.
The lips “buzz” to produce sound.
Brass
Trumpet
Tuba
French Horn
Trombone
Percussion
Chimes
Bass Drum
Tambourine
Gong
Maracas
Snare Drum
Xylophone
Triangle
Timpani
Cymbals
Piano
Instruments have families too.
Meet the Brass family.
Meet the Woodwind family.
Meet the String family.
Meet the Percussion family.
Can you find the families
for these instruments?
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