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Explore How to Change the Pitch of a Musical Instrument

In this worksheet, students will answer questions about how the pitch of musical instruments is changed.

'Explore How to Change the Pitch of a Musical Instrument' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 Science worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Sound

Curriculum subtopic:   Pitch and Objects

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Do you play a musical instrument?  Do you have any friends or family who do?


As you'll know, musical instruments have different pitches.


Bass drum Cello

A large drum has a lower pitch

than a small drum

A cello has a lower pitch

than a violin


A stretched drum skin has a higher pitch. 

Thick heavy strings make a low-pitched sound. 

Longer strings also produce a lower-pitched sound.


So, by changing aspects of the instrument, you can change the pitch. 


a piccolo                                                                   a tuba


As you'll probably know, musical instruments of different sizes make sounds of a different pitch.


Let's have a closer look at all this.


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