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Here is a link to coloring book pages with musical instruments. http://www.kids-n-fun.com/Coloringpages/Musical-Instruments  These pictures can help children learn the names of the instruments.

Here are a few games to play after they have colored some pages.

Sorting Games

Put the pictures in order of

  • smallest to biggest size
  • highest to lowest sound
  • strings, woodwinds, brass or percussion

Which instruments are in a concert band & which are in an orchestra?

Band

  • woodwinds: a piccolo, lots of flutes & clarinets, a bass clarinet (1 or 2); altos, tenors & baritone saxophone; & the double reeds-oboes, English horn & bassoons
  • brass: trumpets (& sometimes cornets), French horns, euphoniums/baritones, trombones & tubas
  • percussion: drums-snare, toms & bass drums, timpani; mallet instruments-chimes, xylophone, marimba & bells; hand percussion or auxiliary-cymbals, triangle, wood block & lots more!
  • double bass (sometimes)-they play along with the tubas sometimes

Orchestra

  • strings: lots of violins, a smaller section of violas, a chunk of cellos & a dabble of double basses, harp
  • woodwinds: piccolo, 1-2 flutes, 1-2 clarinets, maybe a bass clarinet, an oboe or 2, an English horn & a bassoon or 2
  • brass: 3 trumpets, 4 French horns, 2 or 3 trombones, tuba,
  • percussion: drums-snare, toms & bass drums, timpani; mallet instruments-chimes, xylophone, marimba & bells; hand percussion or auxiliary-cymbals, triangle, wood block & lots more!  And the piano that is considered a percussion instrument, too.
  • For orchestra, the amount & type of instruments playing can change depending on the composition that is being played.

For both band & orchestra specialty instruments are added as needed. For example, the Highlands Ranch Concert Band has had many concerts with an added piano.  Earlier this year we even added a harp!

Searching Games

+++Sometimes there is a part in the orchestra for a certain woodwind instrument that is only listed as a woodwind in the band, can you find out which one it is?+++

+++Can you find the brass instrument that is not listed in the orchestra but plays with the band all of the time?+++

+++What other instruments can you think of that haven’t been listed in the band or the orchestra?+++

Musical Instrument Crafts

Make your own instruments at home.  There are lots of ways to do this, here are some links to get you started.

violin: http://dsokids.com/activities-at-home/make-instrument/make-a-string-instrument.aspx

guitar/banjo: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/make-guitars-crafts.html

tambourine, drum, chimes, horn, cymbals, xylophone, comb buzzer, guitar, hand bells: http://www.familycorner.com/crafts-kids-family-2/9-easy-to-make-musical-instruments-for-kids.html

bassoon: http://www.nyphilkids.org/lab/make_metrocard.html

oboe/double reed: http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-a-straw-instrument-straw-flute/

 

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