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Instrument Family Powerpoint


This powerpoint was made for my ED 205 class. It is a small tutorial on the woodwind family of instrumental music.

This powerpoint was made for my ED 205 class. It is a small tutorial on the woodwind family of instrumental music.

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  • 1. The Woodwind Families By: Katie Chapman
  • 2. Which Family to Choose?
    • Saxophone
    • Clarinet
    • Double Reeds
    • Flute
    • Author
    • Resources
    • Video
    • Concept Map
  • 3. The Saxophone Family
    • Soprano Saxophone
    • Alto Saxophone
    • Tenor Saxophone
    • Baritone Saxophone
  • 4. Soprano Saxophone
    • This is the smallest member of the saxophone family.
    • Soprano Sax is typically used in some high school music, but mostly in upper level collegiate and professional ensembles
  • 5. Alto Saxophone
    • The Alto Saxophone is the most commonly used model in the saxophone family.
    • It can be played in almost any setting, but is not typically used in orchestral music.
  • 6. Tenor Saxophone
    • Tenor Saxophone produces deeper tones and the range of the instrument is lower than the alto or soprano saxophones.
    • It is also considerably larger than the alto or soprano.
  • 7. Baritone Saxophone
    • The Baritone Saxophone is the largest of the commonly used saxophones.
    • Its tone is deeper and lower than the other saxes and is most commonly heard in jazz ensembles.
  • 8. The Clarinet Family
    • B-flat Clarinet
    • E-flat Clarinet
    • A Clarinet
    • Bass Clarinet
    • Contrabass Clarinet
  • 9. B-flat Clarinet
    • B-flat clarinet is the first clarinet that students use, and continues through the musical career.
    • It is used in almost every musical ensemble.
  • 10. E-flat Clarinet
    • The E-flat clarinet is the soprano voice of the clarinet family.
    • It is most commonly used in upper level collegiate music and only some difficult high school band literature.
  • 11. A Clarinet
    • The A Clarinet is most commonly used in orchestral music.
    • Students typically do not play this clarinet until they seek to play at a professional level.
  • 12. Bass Clarinet
    • The Bass Clarinet is the most commonly used lower voice in the clarinet family.
    • The transition from B-flat to Bass clarinet typically takes place in high school after students understand the proper embouchure and finger placement on the smaller instrument.
  • 13. Contrabass Clarinet
    • The Contrabass clarinet is the lowest voice and the largest instrument in the clarinet family.
    • This instrument is only used in some pieces for band and orchestra, but not many.
  • 14. The Double Reed Family
    • Oboe
    • English Horn
    • Bassoon
    • Contrabassoon
  • 15. Oboe
    • The Oboe is the soprano voice of the double reed family.
    • It uses a very small version of the double reed, which means that the two pieces of cane vibrate together to produce sound instead of one reed against the mouthpiece.
  • 16. English Horn
    • The English Horn is the middle voice of the double reed family.
    • This instrument is only used in higher level high school and college literature.
  • 17. Bassoon
    • The Bassoon is typically the lowest voice in the double reed family.
    • It is used in all settings, but not recommended for outdoor use in marching bands.
  • 18. Contrabassoon
    • The Contrabassoon is definitely the lowest voice in the double reed family with the biggest reed.
    • This instrument is called for in some higher literature for orchestra and even less commonly in orchestra.
  • 19. The Flute Family
    • Flute
    • Piccolo
    • Alto Flute
    • Bass Flute
  • 20. Flute
    • The flute is the most commonly used instrument in its family.
    • It is the only woodwind that does not require a reed to vibrate in order to produce sound. The playing embouchure has the same effect as blowing across the top of a soda bottle.
  • 21. Piccolo
    • The piccolo is the soprano voice of the flute family.
    • It is typically used in high school and upper level literature.
  • 22. Alto Flute
    • The Alto flute is the middle voice of its family.
    • This instrument is not often called for in most arrangements for ensembles. It is used in a very few pieces.
  • 23. Bass Flute
    • The Bass flute is the lowest voice in its family.
    • It is not commonly used in ensembles and is very difficult to play because of the amount of breath control needed to produce a clean and clear tone.
  • 24. The Wonderful Sounds of a Woodwind Quartet
    • This is the TetraWind ensemble is a woodwind quartet comprised of flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon. They will be playing Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, which was originally arranged for piano.
    • See all the fun and exciting things that can happen by playing a woodwind instrument?
  • 25. About the Author
    • Katharine Chapman is an instrumental music major at Grand Valley State University. She hopes to soon become a band director and eventually receive a masters in woodwinds.
    • For more information please contact Katharine via e-mail at: penguin_princess05@ hotmail .com
  • 26. Resources
    • Woodwinds-Fundamental Performance Techniques by Gene A. Saucier
    • Pictures from the Woodwind & Brasswind site
    • Video from the TetraWind website:
  • 27. Concept Map Quit