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Instruments of the Orchestra

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Course Summary

What is an orchestra? Want to know your brass from your woodwind? Join us to explore the families of orchestral instruments, discover how they are played and learn more about their historic contribution to orchestral music.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed.

Content of Course

This session will offer an overview of the instruments in a modern orchestra, and discuss the way in which orchestras have developed from C17th to present day.  We shall discover how sound is produced in different instruments, and listen to some examples of key orchestral works.

Teaching method(s)

Illustrated lecture and guided group discussion.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this taster course, students should be able to:

Identify key instruments of the modern orchestra.

Demonstrate an awareness of how the orchestra has developed.


Class Handouts

Will be provided on the day.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.