Musical Instrument Videos for Kids –
“Rhythm Bears” CD
These are short animations of the characters from the Rhythm Bears CD playing their instruments. Below the videos are short descriptions of the featured instruments that you can share with your child while viewing. Use the descriptions to engage your child in a discussion about how the various instruments are held and the ways in which they produce sound.
- After repeated views, you can begin by showing your child a video without first naming the instrument and have your child tell you the name.
- Then try playing the videos without showing your child the screen so that all they hear is the audio.
- You will find that with repeated listening, they will be able to name the instrument they’re hearing without seeing it!
Musical Instrument Descriptions
The Violin is a 4-string instrument that is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings. It can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers.
The Drums are a percussion instrument which means they are played by either striking, shaking or scraping.
A Harmonica is a wind instrument played by using your mouth to direct air into or out of the holes along the mouthpiece.
The acoustic guitar is a 6-string instrument that is played by either plucking or strumming the strings.
The acoustic bass (or double bass or stand up bass) is a 4-string instrument that is played by either plucking or bowing the strings. It is the largest and lowest pitched string instrument in a symphony orchestra.
The official name is actually Mbira. Mbira’s are African instruments that are played by plucking the metal tines with the thumbs. For this reason, it is sometimes called a thumb piano.
The Banjo is another instrument of African origin. It typically has 4 or 5 strings and is played by plucking the strings with the fingers.
The Didgeridoo is a wind instrument developed by the Aboriginal peoples of northern Australian at least 1500 years ago.
The Ukulele is a small guitar-like instrument from Hawaii. It has 4 strings that are played by either plucking or strumming.
The Clarinet is a wind instrument which means the sound is produced by blowing into it. The notes are changed by moving the keys with your fingers.
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