In the Orchestra

October 9, 2020
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An orchestra is a big group of people who play music together. It is led by a conductor. He or she helps the musicians create music. Read on to learn more about the instruments in the orchestra. Find out how they are organized into four sections.

BRASS INSTRUMENTS are made of metal. A musician plays a brass instrument by blowing into it. The brass section is very loud. That is why it is at the back of the orchestra.

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STRINGED INSTRUMENTS make music when their strings are plucked or played with a bow. String players sit up front.

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WOODWIND INSTRUMENTS can be made of wood or metal. A musician plays a woodwind instrument by blowing into it. The woodwind section sits at the center of the orchestra.

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PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS make sounds when they are tapped, struck, or shaken. One percussion player may play a few instruments. They are usually not played at the same time.

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