Websites about Instruments
 
These websites are the most informative and kid-friendly websites about instruments. Many include fun games too. Clicking on the title of each will link you to that site.
 
DSO Kids
DSO Kids comes from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Some of the features are an Instrument Encyclopedia, Make Your Own Instrument, I Am a Musician, and Listen to Music.
 
 
NY Philharmonic
NYPhil Kids was produced by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. You can meet musicians in the Musicians' Lounge or the Dressing Rooms. The Instrument Storage Room is a great place to listen to instruments and get information about instrument parts, facts, and other instruments in each family. Once you go into the Instrument Storage Room you can find this information by clicking on the: 1. "Children holding hands" for related instruments; 2. "Binoculars", "More Info", and "More" for detailed information; 3. "Ear" or "cassette tape" to listen to music.
 
SFS Kids
SFS Kids has information about instruments, music and composers. The site is divided into six sections: Discover, Listen, Play, Perform, Conduct and Create. A fun place to start is the Star Catcher game under the Play tab. If you want to find information about instruments for your project, click on the "Looking for SFSKids Classic" tab on the bottom left. Once on this new page, select "Instruments of the Orchestra" to explore.
 
 
Sphinx Kids
Sphinx Kids is a good place to listen to different combinations of instruments (in the Orchestration Station) or get many facts about string instruments in the String Instrument Gallery.  The Instrument Storage Room is a great place to listen to instruments and get information about instrument parts, facts, and other instruments in each family. Once you go into the Instrument Storage Room you can find this information by clicking on the: 1. "Children holding hands" for related instruments; 2. "Binoculars", "More Info", and "More" for detailed information; 3. "Ear" or "cassette tape" to listen to music.
 
Kid Info Instrument Encyclopedia
For finding information about less common instruments the best source is the Kid Info site. Once you have clicked on this link, select: Browse/Browse General Reference and then select the family and instrument you want to know more about. The "Wind" button contains both brass and woodwind instruments. You can separate them by looking for the word "reed" for woodwind instruments and any mention of "horn" or "trumpet" for brass instruments.
 
 
Arts Alive
Arts Alive comes from the National Arts Centre in Quebec, Canada. You can explore instruments in the instrument lab, find lots of interesting information about many composers, listen to music and podcasts, watch videos, or try out the games and activities.