What sort of instrument is an oboe?
A wind instrument using a double reed to make musical vibrations.
A wind instrument using a mouthpiece very similar to a tuba.
A stringed instrument played with a bow like a cello.
An ancient horn originally use in fox hunts.
It has a fairly high pitched, exotic sound.
The oboe uses a double reed made of cane usually from the south of France.
Who brought the banjo to the Americas?
Coal miners who emigrated from Ukraine in the 1800s.
Slaves who were captured in Africa as early as the 1600s.
Irish immigrants using the bottoms of old whiskey barrels.
Native Americans used them in potlatches dating back roughly 1500 years.
Banjo ancestors were made of materials found in the bush.
African musical instruments and traditions came to the Americas with slaves who were forcibly transported in the years between the 1600s and mid 1800s.
Who developed the sousaphone?
A marching band leader named Sousa.
A Tibetan monk from the province of Sushan.
A musical innovator whose daughter's name was Susan.
One of the Everly Brothers.
He was a famous military band leader whose name ended in "a".
The designer, J.W. Pepper was working under the direction of band leader John Philip Sousa. The horn was designed to be easier to play than the concert tuba while standing or marching, as well as to carry the sound of the instrument above the heads of the band.
What family of instruments is the cello a member of?
It looks like a bigger version of this instrument.
The cello looks like a large violin and has a deeper sound.
By plucking the strings with your fingers.
By plucking the strings with a plectrum.
By hitting the strings with small mallets attached to your finger tips.
By blowing into holes along the length of the instrument.
Harp players use the fingers of both hands to pluck the many strings of the harp.
What is true about the first pianos?
They weighed more than two tons.
They had 56 keys.
They were developed more than a thousand years ago.
They evolved from the harpsichord.
The keyboard was unique to this baroque sounding parlour instrument.
The harpsichord plucks the strings while the piano hits them with little hammers.
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