Musical Instrument Videos for Kids –
Wheels on the Bus” CD

These are short animations of the characters from the Wheels on the Bus 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.

Tip: To Further your child’s music education you can also use these videos to create a fun musical guessing game.
  • 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

Electric Bass

The electric bass is typically a 4-string instrument that is played by either plucking or strumming the strings.

Drums

The drums are a percussion instrument which means they are played by either striking, shaking or scraping.

Flute

The flute 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.

Electric Guitar

The electric guitar is a 6-string instrument that is played by either plucking, or strumming the strings.

Drums

The piano is actually considered to be a percussion instrument because the sound is produced by hammers that strike the strings when a key is pushed.

Saxophone

The saxophone 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.

Trombone

The trombone is a wind instrument which means the sound is produced by blowing into it. The notes are changed by moving the slide in and out.

Trumpet

The trumpet is a wind instrument which means the sound is produced by blowing into it. The notes are changed by pushing the 3 valves with your fingers.

Voice

Your voice is also a musical instrument! When you sing, tiny muscles in your throat control your larynx or voice box and allow you to produce different notes.

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