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Settlement student playing double bass
Bass

The largest and lowest-pitched instrument in the string family.

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A Settlement student plays bassoon at a Mary Louise Curtis performance
Bassoon

A woodwind instrument in the double reed family similar to an oboe, but larger and lower in pitch.

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A young cello student rehearses at the Germantown Branch
Cello

The second largest and second lowest instrument in the string family. Its four strings are either plucked or played with a bow.

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A Settlement student rehearses clarinet
Clarinet

A woodwind instrument with a single-reed mouthpiece, a cylindrical tube with a flared end, and holes stopped by keys.

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Individual instruction at Settlement
Flute

The only woodwind instrument that does not require a reed, but instead, produces sound as air is blown across the mouthpiece. 

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Settlement student plays french horn
French Horn

A brass instrument consisting of a long tube that is coiled into a circular shape to rest in the player’s lap. The pitch is controlled by both the embouchure and a series of valves.

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Guitar lessons at Settlement
Guitar

A stringed musical instrument with a fretted fingerboard and six strings, played by plucking or strumming with the fingers or a pick. Students can learn on classical, acoustic, or electric guitars. 

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Settlement Student Kintan Silvany plays the harp
Harp

A stringed instrument, roughly triangular in shape, consisting of a frame supporting a graduated series of parallel strings, played by plucking with the fingers.

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A young student practices at the Willow Grove Branch
Oboe

A woodwind instrument with a double-reed mouthpiece, a slender tubular body, and holes stopped by keys.

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Organ at Mary Louise Curtis
Organ

A keyboard instrument of one or more pipe divisions or other means for producing tones, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands on a keyboard or with the feet using pedals.

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Drums and Percussion

Pitched and unpitched instruments that are played by being struck with a stick, mallet or a bare hand. Pitched instruments include timpani and keyboard percussion, while unpitched instruments include drums, cymbals, and tambourines, to name only a few.

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Piano lessons at Settlement
Piano

A large keyboard instrument with a wooden case enclosing a soundboard and metal strings, which are struck by small hammers when the keys are pressed.

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Individual lesson at the Mary Louise Curtis Branch
Saxophone

A member of the single-reed woodwind family that is extremely popular in jazz music.

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Pathways to Performance rehearsal
Trombone

A large brass instrument with a U-shaped piece that is slid in and out of the main body of the instrument to manipulate the pitch.

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A Music Education Pathways student plays a tune
Trumpet

The highest sounding instrument in the brass family, played by buzzing into a mouthpiece and manipulating a series of valves. 

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Students rehearse for a Music Education Pathways performance
Tuba

The largest instrument of the brass family, with three to six valves and a broad bell typically points up.

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An Advanced Study student rehearses before the 2018 Advanced Study Concert.
Viola

The alto instrument of the string family, slightly larger than the violin and tuned a fifth lower.

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Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth Artist Pierce Ellis
Violin

The smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the string family, also known informally as a fiddle.

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Settlement vocal student performs at the 208 Annual Concert
Voice

Singing is the most universal form of musical expression and appears in almost all styles and genres of music.

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Meeting students where they are at

We understand that everyone comes to Settlement at different stages of life and experience levels. That’s why we connect with you one-on-one right at the start, so we can make sure we find the right match for you or your child.

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