Instruments of the Orchestra – Music Instrument Families – composers

Teach the instruments of the orchestra and instrument families with this interactive presentation that guides your music students through the sounds and parts of the instruments of the orchestra. Students click on each musical instrument to hear how it sounds, see videos of musicians performing, and more!



Your students will learn about famous instrumentalists, such as Esperanza Spalding, Yo Yo Ma, Gaelynn Lea, Rhiannon Gidden, James Galway, and more. They’ll also learn about musical instrument groupings; including solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets. This easy-to-navigate slideshow makes it perfect for individual or whole-group instruction. Use the included CSV file of questions and answers from the presentation to easily import into your favorite assessment platform!



⚠️ Available in Google Slides & PowerPoint ⚠️

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easy-to-navigate main menu

  • clickable links make it fast and easy

String family

  • violin, viola, cello, double bass

Woodwind family

  • piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon

Brass family

  • trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba

Percussion family

  • claves, timpani, maracas, snare drum
  • cymbals, guiro, triangle, castanets

Keyboard family

  • piano, marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, organ

Bonus Musical Instruments

  • banjo, guitar, ukulele, recorder, bagpipe
  • bugle, flugelhorn, cornet, sousaphone
  • accordion, melodica, key tar

Interactive Audio

  • audio clips of each instrument

Video Performances With Various Musical Instrument Groupings

  • Groupings include solo, duet, trio, quartet, and quintet
  • Gaelynn Lea, Rhiannon Gidden, Allison Russel, Ana Vidovic, Victor Wooten, Kevin Fraser
  • Amy Turk, Rebecca Albers, Corey & Kalie, Roma Duncan, James Galway, Thaddeus Crutcher
  • Louis Armstrong, Tim Thorpe, Byron Fulcher, Carol Jantsch, Esperanza Spalding, Cindy Blackman
  • Martha Argerich, Aaron Grooves, Alex Frederick, Mustick, Weird Al, Jon Batiste
  • Imani Winds, Benny Carter & his Orchestra with Nat King Cole trio
  • Black Violin, Flor de Toloache, Melodica Men, Perkelt

Mini Biographies of Instrumentalists

  • Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, James Galway,

Origin Stories and/or Anatomy of Each Instrument

► Musical Instrument Grouping Examples

  • solo, duet, trio, quartet, quintet


Sample Questions & Answer from the Presentation

  • Excel file makes it easy to import questions and answers into your favorite assessment platform!



  • Directions for using the presentation are included in the download


Suggestions for Use

  • Use it for your beginning band program, to introduce students to instruments they might want to play
  • Teach about timbre, and the unique qualities of each instrument family
  • Introduce students to well-known and engaging performers such as Gaelynn Lea, Black Violin, Yo-Yo Ma, Imani Winds, Flor de Toloache and more!


Why Your Students and You Will Love This Resource

  • With easy-to-read icons and clickable menu links, this resource is a breeze to navigate for both you and your students
  • Students will both see and hear engaging and relevant examples of each orchestra instrument and performer
  • It’s so easy to navigate that you can easily use it for individual or whole-group instruction
  • The CSV file of questions and answers will make creating an assessment quick and simple


⚠️ Important ⚠️

The PowerPoint must be in presentation mode for the audio and video clips to work.

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