Overview and Instructions


Research basic facts about instruments of the orchestra.

1. Names of the families
2. Names of the instruments in each family.
3. Picture of each instrument.
4. What each instrument is made of.
5. How each is played.
6. Describe what each instrument sounds like and find an audio or video clip of each.
7. At least 2 interesting facts about each instrument.

May create a web page, wiki page, knowledge map, Ebook, Powerpoint presentation, paper notebook, or complete instrument study books.


Use these websites to research each instrument.


The Music Room
San Francisco Kids
NY Philharmonic Kids
Learn About Instruments
DSO Kids
Oregon Symphony
Play Music
BSO Kids
Simple English Wikipedia
Wikipedia
FlickrCC (free, legal pictures)


Answer the questions below for each instrument.
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String Family


Picture:external image violin.jpg
What is it made of? The violin is made of wood.

How is it played? It is played by plucked or a bow they also tighten and loosen the strings to change the sound.

At least 2 interesting facts. A violin contains 70 separate pieces of wood.

Describe its sound. High and beautiful.

Web address where it can be heard. http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=3



Viola


Picture:external image musical-viola.jpg

What is it made of? The body is made wood.

How is it played? Plucked or by bow.

At least 2 interesting facts. They are old and rare. Only 700 remain that are over 200 hundred years ago.this makes them extremely rare and extremely valuable.

Describe its sound. High and beautiful.

Web address where it can be heard http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=5




Cello


Picture:
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What is it made of? wood.

How is it played? With a bow or it can be plucked.

At least 2 interesting facts. The cello its made of hollow wood.its big.

Describe its sound. Low.

Web address where it can be heard http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=6



Bass


Picture:
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What is it made of? The bass is made of wood.

How is it played? It is played by the bow or fingers.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is played by children under 10. and it is one of the biggest strings.

Describe its sound. The bass has hollow wood to make the sound low.

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=7


Woodwind Family


Flute


Picture:
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What is it made of? The flute was originally made of wood but is now made of silver or gold.

How is it played? The flute is blown into.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is small and skinny. it has 9 buttons to push and change the sound.

Describe its sound. high.

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=21


Oboe


Picture:
external image oboe.jpg

What is it made of? The oboe is made

How is it played? you blow into a thin double reed at the top end of the instrument.

At least 2 interesting facts. it is has a reed to blow into to make a sound. it is small.

Describe its sound. it is high

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=22



Clarinet


Picture:
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What is it made of? wood

How is it played? blow into it

At least 2 interesting facts. It is small. it is fragile.

Describe its sound. high.

Web address where it can be heard
? WWW.Compsitetoday.com


Bassoon


Picture:external image bassoon.jpg

What is it made of? Maple wood.

How is it played? Double reed.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is the longest instrument in the orchestra.

Describe its sound. It is low pitched.

Web address where it can be heard http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=26



Saxophone


Picture:

external image Sax.jpg
What is it made of?it is made of brass.


How is it played? You have to blow into a reed.

At least 2 interesting facts. Its big like the bassoon.

Describe its sound.like a flute.

Web address where it can be heard
WWW.dsokids.com


Brass Family


Trumpet


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What is it made of? silver or brass.

How is it played? To blow into a horn at the top of the instrument.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is big.and it is a brass instrument.

Describe its sound. high.

Web address where it can be heard. WWW.dsokids .com



French Horn


Picture:external image French_horn_back.png

What is it made of? It is made from sliver.

How is it played? To blow into the hole at the top.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is pretty good size. It is a brass instrument.

Describe its sound. Low.

Web address where it can be heard. WWW.dsokids.com



Trombone


Picture:external image Trombone20Cropped.jpg

What is it made of? It is made of silver or gold.

How is it played? Blown into a hole to make a sound.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is a pretty good size.

Describe its sound. Low

Web address where it can be heard. http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=30



Tuba


Picture:external image giant_tuba.jpg

What is it made of? The tuba is made of brass.

How is it played? Blow into a hole.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is big. It is in the brass family.

Describe its sound. Low

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=31


Percussion Family


Snare Drum


Picture:external image MapexMPXBirchSnareDrum.jpg

What is it made of? Steel brace and a plastic batter head.

How is it played? To use drum sticks.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is small. and is not often heard by itself.

Describe its sound. low and sweet.

Web address where it can be heard. http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=4



Bass Drum


Picture:external image 125_bass%20drum_premier.jpg

What is it made of? Metal

How is it played? With drum sticks.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is big.It is part of the percussion family.

Describe its sound. Low.

Web address where it can be heard. http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=10



Timpani


Picture:external image timpani-500.jpg

What is it made of? Fiber glass.

How is it played? Drum sticks.

At least 2 interesting facts. It is big. it is a part of the percussion.

Describe its sound. Low

Web address where it can be heard. http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=15



Cymbals


Picture:external image cymbals1.jpg

What is it made of? Metal or gold.

How is it played? Bang two cymbals together.

At least 2 interesting facts. They come in different sizes. It is part of the percussion.

Describe its sound. High pitched.

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=9