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Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion

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Which was the earliest family in the orchestra?

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1. What is a 'reed?'

2. Instruments that are _____ make high-pitched sounds and instruments that are _____ make low-pitched sounds.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An orchestra is composed of many different instruments, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the families that these instruments belong, and the sounds instruments of different sizes make.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will check what you know concerning:

  • Which instrument family the saxophone belongs to
  • What a reed is
  • Instruments that could be included in a woodwind quartet
  • Which instrument family is considered the oldest

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about instrument families of the orchestra
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define the term reed
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how different instruments make sound and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You can use the lesson titled Instrument Families of the Orchestra: String, Woodwind, Brass & Percussion to get further explanations of the instruments included in these families and how they differ. You will learn:

  • How string, percussion, woodwind, and brass instruments make their sounds
  • The four main string instruments
  • Where the brass family gets its name from
  • Which brass instrument doesn't have any keys
  • How brass players change notes when playing
  • The role of percussion instruments in an orchestra
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