Let's Play!
The Instruments

What instruments can you learn to play?

ViolinFlute  -  Clarinet  -  Trombone - Cornet


Click on each of the instruments above to find out more about them

The instruments used are specifically designed for beginners. There are small violins, nuvo flutes and clarineos (which are smaller, plastic instruments), and the pbone - a light-weight trombone. The cornets are standard size. They allow younger players to make a full sound but in an easier way!



The Violin

The Violin is a member of the string family. It has four strings - E, A, D and G.
It is played both by plucking the strings, and also by using the bow.
A violin is made of wood, and has over 70 pieces!
In an orchestra, the violin often gets the tune and plays through most of the pieces.
A violin bow is made of wood, and has horse hair which is the part you use on the string.
The violin is played under the chin.
Doctors have shown that violinists use both sides of their brains better than non-violinists.


 

The Flute

The flute is one of the oldest instruments.
It is now made of metal, but has been made of wood, bone and even glass!
It has 16 keys, and is often used to play solos in the orchestra.
George Washington and Leonardo da Vinci played the flute.
There are different kinds of flute, including a smaller piccolo and even a bass flute!



 

The Clarinet

The clarinet is a member of the woodwind family.
It's name means 'little trumpet'.
The clarinet is used in classical music and jazz.
It is often used for warm, romantic solos in the orchestra.



 

The Trombone

The trombone is a member of the brass family.
It is one of the lower sounding brass instruments.
Instead of having keys or valves it has a slide.
The Trombone is one of the loudest instruments in the orchestra!


The Cornet

The cornet is like a trumpet!
It is a little smaller, easy to play and has a nicer sound!
It was invented in the early 1900s, in France.

 

The Benefits of Music

There have been many studies over the years into the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument. An online search will produce many news articles and research papers on the subject. Some suggest that playing a musical instrument may increase a person's IQ or help children perform better academically, particularly with Mathematics and Languages. Others suggest playing an instrument improves concentration, social skills such as empathy and even behaviour.

Learning an instrument certainly does benefit children in teaching them a skill that they can enjoy for life, nurturing a good work ethic through experiencing the rewards of hard work and practice and improving team working skills by working with fellow musicians to perform well.

Playing a musical instrument can lead to great opportunities and experiences. Experience the feeling of achievement when performing or mastering a piece, visiting new places for tours, concerts, festivals and competitions, meeting new people and making lifelong friends. Adults who played an instrument as a child but did not go into a musical profession often continue playing as an adult as a means of stress relief, for enjoyment, to meet people and for self improvement.

Some interesting articles on the subject of learning an instrument:

http://musiced.about.com/od/beginnersguide/a/pinst.htm

http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/what-we-do/our-research/power-of-music.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/6447588/Playing-a-musical-instrument-makes-you-brainier.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28703013

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24802433

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21661689

http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-musical-fix-for-american-schools-1412954652


About Us

Thornbury Area Youth Music provides musical activities in the South Gloucestershire area for children of all ages and abilities. It comprises a Junior Music Centre, Thornbury Area Music Centre, Let's Play instrumental lessons and the South Cotswold Youth Orchestra.

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