Instruments of the Orchestra

Instrument Families

When we talk about musical instruments, we often talk about them as being part of a family. That's because, just like in human families, the instruments in a particular family are related to each other. They are often made of the same types of materials, usually look similar to one another, and produce sound in comparable ways. Some are larger and some are smaller, just as parents are bigger than children.


Learn about the string instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp!


Learn about the woodwind instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon!


Learn about the brass instruments: trumpet, french horn, trombone, and tuba!


Learn about the percussion instruments: timpani, xylophone, cymbals, piano, and more!

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