Brass Family: Instruments, History & Facts


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The instruments in this family of musical instruments are played by having the player's lips vibrate into a mouthpiece.

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1. This brass instrument has a slide instead of valves and its ancestor was called a sackbut.

2. This brass instrument is the smallest and highest pitched of the brass family, and its most common size is the B flat.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several instruments that make up the brass family in an orchestra. These practice questions will help you fully understand each instrument of the brass family and identify their musical uses and characteristics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These learning assessments will test you on:

  • The family of musical instruments played by musicians vibrating their lips into a mouthpiece
  • The instrument whose ancestor was the sackbut
  • Smallest and highest pitched instrument in the brass family
  • A brass instrument that has different concert and marching sizes and shapes
  • Which brass instrument has a backward-facing bell and is played with the left hand

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet combo will test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - identify each instrument of the brass family
  • Knowledge application - use what you know about musical instruments to answer questions about the brass family
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you draw the most important information from the related lesson on brass instruments

Additional Learning

To learn more about this unique instrument family, watch the accompanying lesson on The Brass Family. The lesson covers the following concepts:

  • Know the predecessors of modern brass instruments
  • Understand how musicians create sound on brass instruments
  • Identify the parts, ranges and sonic qualities of each brass instrument
  • Learn about the different uses of brass instruments throughout history