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 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 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 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 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.
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
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
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