Identify the Sounds of the Woodwinds

Identify the Sounds of the Woodwinds

Casey Hulick
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Goshen Intermediate School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Music Production




General Music


Computer Good quality electronic keyboard Internet Access Projector/screen Selected internet websites


2 -45 minute lessons Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Ability to listen Ability to learn

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.
NAfME standard of 1994: Evaluating music and music performances.

NAfME 2014: Responding 


Audio recordings featuring solo flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, tenor saxophone Sounds produced on keyboard


Ability to accurately distinguish between the sounds of the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and tenor saxophone. An understanding of the difference between the above mentioned instruments and what they look like, how the sounds are acoustically produced, and what the electronic instrument’s version of the actual instruments sound like.


Investigate each of the five mentioned woodwind instruments by examining the following websites – projected on screen. Discuss and listen to mp3 audio samples – then listen to synthesized keyboard sounds for each instrument and discuss the similarities and differences.
Tenor Sax description:
Tenor Sax audio mp3 file:
Flute description:
Flute audio mp3 file:
Clarinet description:
Clarinet audio mp3 file:
Oboe description:
Oboe audio mp3 file:
Bassoon description:
Bassoon audio mp3 file:


Listening test: Play 10 melodic examples of the five mentioned instrument sounds on the keyboard in random order. On their sheet, students should circle the appropriate answer to each example. Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon Tenor Saxophone Visual test: When unidentified images of said instruments are projected individually on the screen, students should be able to identify the instrument at sight.

Follow Up:

Similar lessons with brass, stringed and percussion instruments.

Items to Purchase:

Computer/Projector/Screen/Internet access/Sound System

When budget should be submitted:

Depends on school district policy.

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