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Musical Instruments A to Z

A – accordion, acoustic guitar
B – bagpipes, banjo, bassoon, bell, bongo, bugle
C – castanets, cello, clarinet, conga, cornet, cymbals, chimes, cowbell, clarinet
D – drums
E – ektara, erhu, erxian
F – flute, flutophone, flugelhorn, French horn, finger cymbals, fiddle
G – glockenspiel, gongs, guitar, glass chord
H – harmonica, harp, harpsichord, horn, Harp, Harpsichord,
I - Ipu , Igil, Irish bouzouki, Inci, Irish Uilleann, Istarski mih
J - jug Janggu, Jew’s harp, Jiaohu, Jinghu,
K – kazoo, keyboard, kettle drum
L – lute,  lyre
M – mandolin, maracas
N – Naqara, Nyckelharpa, Nadaswaram, Natural Trumpet, Nay, Ney, Northumbrian small pipes, Nose flute
O – organ, oboe
P – piano, percussions, pipe organ, Piccolo
Q – quinticlave, Qanun, Quena
R – recorder, rain stick, rattle, reed pipe
S – saxophone, snare drum, steel drum, strings, sousaphone, synthesizer, Spoons, Sitar, Slide guitar, Steel guitar, Slide whistle
T – tambourine, triangle, trombone, trumpet, tuba, turntables, Tom-tom
U – ukulele, Udu Ud/ oud, Irish Uilleann
V – viola, violin, Vertical flute
W –Whip/slapstick, Welsh pipes, Willow flute, Wind Chimes, Washtub bass, whistle
X – xylophone, Xylorimba, Xalam, Xiaodihu, Xiao, Xun
Y - Yun Lo, Yang Chin, Yang chi’in, Yueh Ch’in, Yayli tanbur, Yazheng, Yu, Yehu,
Z – zither, Zhongdihu, Zhuihu, Zither, Zonghu, Zampogna, Zaqq, Zufalo, Zurna

Questions to Answer:

What does this instrument look like?
Where did it originate from?
Do you know anyone who plays this instrument?
How long ago was this instrument first created?
Why kind of instrument is it?  (Percussion, electronic, keyboard, string, woodwind)
Have you ever played this instrument?
What is your favorite instrument?
Listen to music on the radio and try to pick out the different instruments you hear.
Craft – made an instrument
Is the instrument made in a different way: soprano, alto, bass, tenor, baritone, classical, acoustic, and electronic? Is there another name for this instrument?
What materials are used to make this instrument? Where can you buy this instrument? Where can you go to watch someone play this instrument?
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