Which 5th Grade Instrument Should I Choose?

5th Grade Band Instrument Options:

Here are some general guidelines we use in making the best selection for a student musician. A few of them are listed below to help you in your selection. Remember, there is no such thing as a “Girls” or “Boys” instrument!

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flute

FLUTE (Woodwind Family)

The flute plays the highest notes in the woodwind family and is the only instrument played by blowing across a hole. The earliest flutes were hollow bones used by cavemen. Today’s flute is made of silver alloy. The best flute players have a rather flat upper lip with no “tear drop” in the center. Must be rented or purchased from a music company.


CLARINET (Woodwind Family)

Clarinet

The clarinet has a single, flat piece of wood (reed) clamped onto a hollow mouthpiece. The instrument itself is made of wood. It has a remarkable range from low to high sounds and from loud to soft. Must be rented or purchased from a music company. Good for those students who did well with the recorder in elementary music.

Note: Students who are double jointed are not good candidates for the clarinet.


TRUMPET (Brass Family)

Trumpet

The trumpet, with its high-pitched brilliant tone, is the leader of the brass family. A trumpet player can produce all the notes of the scale by pressing the valves and changing the lip vibration speed. The best trumpet players tend to have smaller sized lips, but this is not a rule. The trumpet is an important member of the jazz band. Must be rented or purchased.


TROMBONE (Brass Family)

Trombone

This instrument sounds very brassy like the trumpet, but it makes a lower sound. The player changes tones by sliding one tube in and out of the other, rather than by pressing valves. The trombone is an important member of the jazz band. Must be rented or purchased from a music company.