Christchurch School of Music

Brass Instruments

Instruments from the brass family are made from long metal tubes that feature valves, buttons and slides that alter the pitch. To play them, you buzz your lips inside a metal mouthpiece to create the sound. They’re used in all types of concert bands and orchestras, jazz combos, brass bands as well as rock bands.

  • LEARN! Trumpet/Cornet

    The trumpet or cornet are great beginner instruments, particularly for those with a general love of music as they are extremely versatile. There will always be a place for a trumpet regardless of whether you want to play in an orchestra, a brass band, a jazz band or a rock band. The trumpet is reasonably lightweight and inexpensive, so students can get started as early as age 7. The trumpet produces a majestic sound and as it is one of the loudest instruments it can always be heard above the rest.

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  • LEARN! Trombone

    The trombone is another versatile instrument which is useful in orchestra, band, jazz and rock music. Its form has remained the same for hundreds of years; it is elegant and unique in its construction, having a long sliding section used to change note pitch. It is larger than the trumpet, but with the new lightweight, plastic Pbones children can start learning from around 10-11 years of age. The trombone’s versatility makes it a fun instrument, and there is a wide range of opportunities for trombonists in all the groups as trombonists are often in short supply.

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  • LEARN! Tuba

    As the largest and lowest instrument in the brass family, the tuba plays an important role in orchestras and concert bands. Because it is quite large and heavy, we recommend students are at least 11-12 years old before they start learning this fabulous instrument. Although the tuba is not considered to be a solo instrument, tuba players are in short supply so students who play the tuba will always be in demand.

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  • LEARN! French Horn

    The French horn comes from the French hunting horn of the 1600s, and produces a wide variety of sounds ranging from very loud to very soft, and from harsh and blaring to mellow and smooth. The French horn’s 18 feet of tubing is rolled up into a circular shape, with a large bell at its end. The horn is a beautiful and mysterious sounding instrument which is considered to belong to both the brass and wind families. Beginners on the horn generally find learning easier if they have had plenty of previous music experiences as it requires a good ear.

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