Instrumental Sounds

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What sound does a piccolo make? What's the difference between a violin and viola? What family does a timpani belong to? Take a tour through the different sections of an orchestra with an interactive reference tool.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign for homework in a music appreciation class
  • Have a few instruments available for learners to try, or invite members of a local orchestra to play their instruments in front of the class
Classroom Considerations
  • Have class members put the definitions in their own words, rather than copying them from the website
  • Let learners know that they need to click the blue button on each activity to begin
  • Requires Internet access and audio equipment
  • Provides written definitions and audio examples of each instrument
  • Encourages online navigation skills as well as reference skills
  • None