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.



String Family


Violin


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What is it made of? Hollow wood.

How is it played? With a bow

At least 2 interesting facts. When you play the violin you burn 170 calories a hour.The violin is made of over 70 pieces of wood.

Describe its sound.It sounds calming and sweet.

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



Viola


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What is it made of?The body is much like the violin it is made out of hollow wood.

How is it played?it can be plucked and played with a bow.

At least 2 interesting facts.It can be in two different pitches .It is the middle of the violin and the cello.

Describe its sound.It has a smooth middle tone.

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




Cello


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What is it made of?The cello is made out of wood

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

At least 2 interesting facts.The cello is made of hollow wood so that way it can vibrate and make a sound also it is the 2nd biggest string instrument.

Describe its sound.It sounds like the bass but a little bit higher

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



Bass


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What is it made of?It is made of wood.

How is it played?It can be plucked or played with a bow

At least 2 interesting facts.The bass is the lowest string instrument the string family and is the biggest.

Describe its sound.Very low pitch

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


Woodwind Family


Flute


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What is it made of? The flute is made of silver or gold.

How is it played?It is played by blowing into a small opening.

At least 2 interesting facts.Unlike the rest of the woodwind family the flute does not have a reed, also it was first made of wood.

Describe its sound.high pitched

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


Oboe


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What is it made of? It made of wood with metal bocal.

How is it played?It is played by blowing into the reed.

At least 2 interesting facts.The bassoon was developed from the one piece instument the curtal.it was made in the 1600s.

Describe its sound. Smooth and gentle

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


Clarinet


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What is it made of? It was made of wood at first.

How is it played?By its reed

At least 2 interesting facts.The clarinet has 2 reeds and is the 2nd biggest

Describe its sound.low and smooth

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=24


Bassoon


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What is it made of?made of maple wood

How is it played?with its reed

At least 2 interesting facts.It is the lowest pitched woodwind and it is the largest too.

Describe its sound.It is low pitched.

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


Saxophone


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

How is it played?by blowing into its reed

At least 2 interesting facts.it also looks like a brass instrument and sounds like one yo

Describe its sound.sounds like a brass instrument

Web address where it can be heard
http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=28


Brass Family


Trumpet


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What is it made of? brass

How is it played?by blowing air and holding down the brass on the top

At least 2 interesting facts.it origonated in china also looks nothing like it did in the old days

Describe its sound.high and cute

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



French Horn


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What is it made of?brass

How is it played?by blowing air into its mouth peice

At least 2 interesting facts.it is one round instrument

Describe its sound.middle tone

Web address where it can be heard.http://www.dsokids.com/listen/InstrumentDetail.aspx?instrumentID=32



Trombone


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What is it made of?brass

How is it played?blowing air into its reed

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

Describe its sound.like the french horn

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



Tuba


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What is it made of?brass

How is it played?by blowing air into its reed

At least 2 interesting facts.it is the biggest brass instrument

Describe its sound.low

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


Percussion Family


Snare Drum


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What is it made of?steel brace and plastic batter head

How is it played?by banging the drum sticks against the batter head.

At least 2 interesting facts.it is agustable and it has a snare drum realease mechanism

Describe its sound.medium pitched

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



Bass Drum


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What is it made of?metal

How is it played?by banging the stick against it

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

Describe its sound.medium pitched

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



Timpani


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What is it made of. fiber glass

How is it played?banding drum sticks against the drum head

At least 2 interesting facts.its big and has many parts

Describe its sound.low

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



Cymbals


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What is it made of? brass aloy

How is it played? by banging them together

At least 2 interesting facts. they come in many different sizes and they are member of the percussion family

Describe its sound. high pitched

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