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Making Sounds With Instruments

In this worksheet, students will answer questions about how we make musical sounds using wind, string and percussion instruments.

'Making Sounds With Instruments' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Sound

Curriculum subtopic:  Sounds and Vibrations

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

selection of instruments

 

Lots of things around us makes sounds. We can make sounds in different ways.

 

Some things make sounds when we blow into them, like this recorder:

 

Recorder

 

Some things make sounds when we hit them, like this triangle:

Triangle

Some things makes sounds when we pluck the strings, like this guitar:

Guitar

 

Let's have a look at the sounds instruments make.

Trumpet

 

To make the trumpet make a sound, you have to...

blow into it

hit it

pluck it

Cymbals

 

To make these cymbals make a noise we have to...

blow into them

hit them

pluck them

Maracas

 

These maracas make a sound when we...

blow into them

pluck them

shake them

Banjo

 

To get a musical sound from this banjo, we have to...

pluck the strings

hit it

blow into it

Whistle

 

This whistle makes a sound when we...

pluck it

hit it

blow into it

Xylophone

 

This xylophone makes a musical sound when we...

hit it

shake it

blow into it

Tambourine

 

This tambourine makes a sound when we... (tick two boxes)

hit it

pluck it

shake it

blow into it

Harp

 

This instrument is called a harp.

 

How do we make musical sounds with a harp?

shake it

pluck the strings

hit it

  • Question 1

Trumpet

 

To make the trumpet make a sound, you have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
blow into it
EDDIE SAYS
We play a trumpet by blowing into one end and pressing down onto the valves (buttons) to make different notes. The air inside vibrates to make the sound and we can change how much air is vibrating by using the valves on the trumpet.
  • Question 2

Cymbals

 

To make these cymbals make a noise we have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
hit them
EDDIE SAYS
We have to hit the cymbals together to make a sound. When they clash together, the air around them vibrates and sends out the clanging sound.
  • Question 3

Maracas

 

These maracas make a sound when we...

CORRECT ANSWER
shake them
EDDIE SAYS
The maracas are filled with little balls which make a noise when we shake them.
  • Question 4

Banjo

 

To get a musical sound from this banjo, we have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
pluck the strings
EDDIE SAYS
To play a banjo, we pluck the strings. The strings vibrate and makes the skin on the instrument vibrate too, to send out the sound.
  • Question 5

Whistle

 

This whistle makes a sound when we...

CORRECT ANSWER
blow into it
EDDIE SAYS
When we blow into a whistle it makes a whistling sound! Because it is very short, it makes a high-pitched sound as there's not a lot of air inside it.
  • Question 6

Xylophone

 

This xylophone makes a musical sound when we...

CORRECT ANSWER
hit it
EDDIE SAYS
When we play a xylophone we hit the different plates with a stick to make a sound. The longer plates make a lower-pitched sound compared with the shorter plates.
  • Question 7

Tambourine

 

This tambourine makes a sound when we... (tick two boxes)

CORRECT ANSWER
hit it
shake it
EDDIE SAYS
We can either hit the tambourine or shake it to make a sound. Notice that depending on which we do, the sound is completely different. Why do you think that is?
  • Question 8

Harp

 

This instrument is called a harp.

 

How do we make musical sounds with a harp?

CORRECT ANSWER
pluck the strings
EDDIE SAYS
We pluck the strings of the harp to make a sound. The strings vibrate and make the air around the instrument vibrate too so that we can hear the beautiful sound it makes.
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