True or false: The Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri families were best known for making exquisite Italian harps.
Most wind and brass instruments are played with the mouth. Match these characteristic mouthpieces to their instruments.
1. Irish tin whistle
2. English horn
3. French horn
In the West Indies, the tops of oil drums are tempered in fire and used to make harmonic instruments. True or false: Musicians who play these steel drums are called panmen.
In Japan, geishas are famous for playing which instrument?
During radio’s heyday in the United States, sales of sheet music took off, along with sales of which instrument?
Few instruments can be traced to a single inventor, but, in 1829,Englishman Sir Charles Wheatstone introduced what he called a “symphonium with bellows.” The instrument’s name was later changed to:
B. Steam-powered calliope
Originally, hammers set in a large rotating cylinder struck and played the bell instrument known as a:
C. Bell tower
The Belgian who invented the saxophone never heard jazz or the blues. True or false: Antoine-Joseph Sax’s instrument was originally used in military bands and symphony orchestras.
is a Polish horn traditionally played during Advent to summon people to church. True or false: It is a small, hand-held instrument.
Although most South African music is entirely vocal, indigenous musical instruments do exist. Which of the following instruments is used in traditional South African music?
Each of these families crafted world-renowned violins.
A, 2; B, 1; C, 3
The top of the steel drum is called the pan.
Geishas play the samisen, which is a three-stringed instrument. The
is a huge barrel drum. Maracas are dried gourd rattles.
Before the advent of television, many large homes had pianos— generally Steinways.
Military bands were popular in 1846, when the sax was invented.
is a large instrument, often two or three yards long, and is usually supported on a fence while being played.
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