Instrument Report for Music Appreciation Course

For the homework on instruments, students will write a report with a minimum of 300 words.

This report requires that the student select his or her favorite instrument of the orchestra from the instruments presented. Select an instrument from the following list:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Violoncello
  • Double Bass
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Oboe
  • English Horn
  • Bassoon
  • Contrabassoon
  • Timpani
  • Glockenspiel
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes (Tubular Bells)
  • Piano
  • Harpsichord
  • Celesta
  • The Bass Drum
  • The Snare Drum
  • The Tambourine
  • The Cymbals 
  • The Woodblock
  • The Chinese Temple Block
  • The Gong (Tam Tam)
  • The Triangle
  • Miscellaneous Percussion

When writing the report, be sure you address the following questions:

  • Why did you select this instrument from among all the rest?
  • What are the qualities and features of this instrument that captivate your interest?
  • Describe the role that your favorite instrument plays within the context of the orchestra.

I encourage students do research on their instrument to get ideas for their reports. All reports must be original works! Do not quote any source or anybody’s thoughts. Quotes are not permitted in this Instruments Report. I am interested in your own personal thoughts, opinions, and the material you have learned from your research.

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