Percussion: Look, Listen & Answer


Read each question below, then play the music and choose your answer – click or tap on the answer to see if you are right!

Question 1

Which percussion instrument is dominating the orchestra in this excerpt?

  1. a. Bass drum
  2. b. Snare drum
  3. c. Timpani

Question 2

Where did Gershwin get inspired to write this music?

  1. a. Cuba
  2. b. Panama
  3. c. Venezuela

Question 3

Which percussion instrument plays the tune with the high woodwind?

  1. a. Xylophone
  2. b. Glockenspiel
  3. c. Vibraphone

Question 4

What percussion instrument is imitating nature in the background here?

  1. a. A lightning machine
  2. b. A wind machine
  3. c. A thunder machine

Question 5

Can you identify the sound that goes along exactly with the violins’ tune?

  1. a. A snare drum
  2. b. A tap-dancer
  3. c. A typewriter


All media credits – titles, composers, artists, sources etc. – may be found in the Teacher Sheet, accessed from the Info box at the top of this page.