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Instruments
The xylophone belongs in the same family as the castanets.

Instruments

This KS2 Music quiz takes a look at musical instruments. Instruments are devices for making sounds which can form music. Flutes are the oldest musical instruments in existence. Archaeologists think the oldest musical instrument found in Europe is a 35,000 year old flute made from a vulture's wing bone. People may have been using ordinary objects as percussion instruments even earlier in human history. Modern orchestras contain many more instruments besides percussion and flutes.

Many children learn a musical instrument when they are young. Are you learning one? You may know quite a lot about the instrument you play, but what about other instruments?

See how well you do in this enjoyable quiz on musical instruments.

1.
The xylophone belongs in the same family as the ____.
castanets
tuba
viola
saxophone
Xylophones and castanets both belong to the percussion family
2.
Which of these instruments belongs in the string family?
Oboe
Piccolo
Tambourine
Cello
The cello is a member of the traditional string quartet
3.
To play a woodwind instrument, the musician must ____.
press the keys
open and close the holes with his or her fingers
blow air through the mouthpiece and open or close the holes with his or her fingers
make a buzzing sound into the mouthpiece
Remember to read all four answers before making your choice
4.
Which of these is an untuned instrument?
Bass drum
Flute
Violin
Glockenspiel
An untuned instrument cannot be made to play a chosen pitch - you could not play a scale on an untuned instrument
5.
Why are musical instruments organised into families?
Instruments in the same family were all made by the same craftsmen and craftswomen
An orchestra looks tidier when matching instruments are together
It helps musicians to work together better
The instruments in a family are related to each other
A family of instruments are similar to each other - they may look similar, be made of similar materials or be played in the same way
6.
Which of these instruments can play the highest pitch?
Bassoon
Oboe
Flute
Piccolo
The piccolo is the smallest member of the woodwind family and can therefore play the highest pitch
7.
Which of these instruments would you need a lot of breath to play?
Violin
Tuba
Piano
Double bass
The tuba is a member of the brass family
8.
Which of these instruments does NOT have strings?
Piano
Double bass
Bassoon
Harp
A piano has wire strings, although you can't always see them, unlike the strings of harps and the double bass
9.
The flute is a member of the ____.
brass family
woodwind family
percussion family
string family
In the past, flutes were made of wood, as were the other members of the woodwind family
10.
Which of the following instruments is NOT a member of the brass family?
French horn
Trombone
Clarinet
Tuba
Although these instruments were often made of other materials such as horn, wood and shell, the modern members of the brass family are usually made of - brass!

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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