Musical Instruments Printables

Worksheets and Coloring Pages for Learning about Music

Musical Instruments Printables
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Music seems to have always been a part of human existence. Musical instruments date back to the dawn of time with an early flute-like instrument being one of the earliest recorded pieces of musical equipment. 

Types of Musical Instruments

Today, instruments are grouped into families. Some common instrument families are:

  • Percussion
  • Woodwind
  • Brass
  • String
  • Keyboard

Percussion instruments are those that make a sound when they are hit or shaken. The percussion family includes drums, bongos, maracas, triangles, and xylophones. Because of their simplicity, percussion instruments are likely the oldest. Drums dating as far back as 5000 BC have been discovered. Rocks and animal bones were likely used as early percussion instruments.

Woodwind instruments are those that make a sound when a musician blows air into or on them. The air is directed into the instrument with a reed. They get their name because early instruments were often made of wood - or bone - and their sound is made by wind. Woodwind instruments include the flute, clarinet, saxophone, and oboe.

Brass instruments are those whose sound is made when a musician blows air and his lips vibrate on the mouthpiece. Although some of them are made of wood, most are made of brass, which is how they got their name. Brass instruments include the trumpet, tuba, and French horn.

String instruments are those whose sound is made by plucking or strumming a string. Like percussion and woodwind instruments, string instruments have been around for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians were known the play the harp. String instruments include guitars, violins, and cellos.

Keyboard instruments are those that make a sound when a musician presses a key. Common string instruments include organs, pianos, and accordions.

When a group of instruments from each family (except the keyboard family) are played together, it's called an orchestra. An orchestra is led by a conductor.

Music instruction is an important part of any child's education because it improves language development and reasoning. Studies have shown that music improves students' understanding of both academic and non-academic subjects.

If you can't afford to purchase them, make your own musical instruments!

Use the following free printables to introduce your students to musical instruments or to complement your music instruction.

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Musical Instruments Vocabulary

Musical Instruments Vocabulary
Musical Instruments Vocabulary. Beverly Hernandez

Use this vocabulary worksheet to introduce your students to a wide variety of musical instruments. Children should use a dictionary, the internet, or a reference book to look up each instrument listed in the word bank and match each to its correct definition.

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Types of Musical Instruments

Types of Musical Instruments
Types of Musical Instruments. Beverly Hernandez

Use this worksheet to introduce your students to the families of musical instruments. Match each term to its correct definition. 

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Musical Instruments Wordsearch

Musical Instruments Wordsearch
Musical Instruments Wordsearch. Beverly Hernandez

Encourage your children to review each musical instrument and its family as they complete this fun word search puzzle. The name of each instrument listed in the word bank can be found hidden among the letters in the puzzle.

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Musical Instruments Crossword Puzzle

Musical Instruments Crossword Puzzle
Musical Instruments Crossword Puzzle. Beverly Hernandez

Use this crossword puzzle as a fun way to review the musical instruments your students have been learning about. Each puzzle clue describes a particular musical instrument. 

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Musical Instruments Alphabet Activity

Musical Instruments Worksheet
Musical Instruments Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

Young students can review the names of 19 musical instruments and practice their alphabetizing skills with this activity. Each instrument listed in the word bank should be written in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided.

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Musical Instruments Challenge

Musical Instruments Worksheet
Musical Instruments Worksheet. Beverly Hernandez

Challenge your students to show how well they remember the musical instruments they've been studying with this challenge worksheet. Each description is followed by four multiple choice options. Can your student get them all correct? 

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Woodwind Instruments Coloring Page

Woodwind Instruments Coloring Page
Woodwind Instruments Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

Students can color this picture of woodwind instruments. Although it's made of brass the saxophone is a woodwind instrument because its sound is made using a reed.

Its inventor, Adolphe Sax, was born on November 6, 1814. He was a Belgian musical instrument maker and invented the saxophone in 1840.

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Brass Instruments Coloring Page

Brass Instruments Coloring Page
Brass Instruments Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

Can your students name the brass instruments depicted in this coloring page?

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Keyboard Instruments Coloring Page

Keyboard Instruments Coloring Page
Keyboard Instruments Coloring Page. Beverly Hernandez

Do your students know the name of this keyboard instrument?

Updated by Kris Bales