Grouping Musical Instruments

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Grade Level
Elementary School
Length of Time
30 to 45 minutes

Students will learn about musical instruments and group them into these categories: percussion, strings, woodwinds, and brass.


Students will learn:

*To classify the different instruments

Materials Needed

The worksheet I have included
Pencils and Erasers


First, you will present the different types of musical instruments.

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Harp

Brass: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, and Tuba

Woodwinds: Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Bassoon, English Horn, Oboe, Flute, and Piccolo

Percussion: Piano, Bass Drum, Xylophone, Timpani, Snare Drum, Cymbals, Triangle, and Tambourine

After you discuss these different instruments, then, you can give them the worksheet. Worksheet - Musical Instruments

Directions: Group the following instruments in the right categories. There are twenty-four instruments.

Piano, French Horn, Viola, Bassoon, Timpani, Violin, Trombone, Clarinet, Xylophone, Tuba, Trumpet, Flute, Piccolo, Harp, Cello, Alto Saxophone, English Horn, Bass Drum, Snare Drum, English Horn, Cymbals, Triangle, Oboe, and Tambourine

Brass Percussion String Woodwinds








8. Bonus Question: Do you play these instruments in an orchestra or band? __________________


You can score four points for each question.

100 to 90 = A

89 to 80 = B

79 to 70 = C

69 to 60 = D

Below 60 = F

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