A simple guide to every school willing to invest more in their music department.


It is no doubt that many school owners are currently having discussions, workshop and training about school development and growth. Meanwhile some of the areas that got them to confuse id the department of music in the school.

Therefore, as another summer is almost over and schools are busy putting new infrastructure in place for new and old students, here are some of the things you’ll need to know to guide you in choosing the right musical instrument for your school considering the type of educational institution you operate from Montessori to High school.

If you have no idea where to begin, the music consultants at Giovanni music academy are here to guide you. Most schools offer four different categories of instruments you can choose from.

The Woodwind Family

African percussion

The woodwind family of instruments includes recorder, clarinet, flute, piccolo, saxophone, bassoon, and oboe. These instruments are generally easy to move about and small. Students can easily carry and work to school with them. Having this family of instruments can also lead the students to be involved in the concert band, marching band, jazz, or school orchestra. In the first academic year, some schools offer the recorder instrument to students before introducing other woodwind instruments to familiarize students with the posture, holding the instruments, and producing sounds from their part of the body.

The other good thing about the woodwind instrument is that they come in different sizes. So, if your students are not physically able to handle a large tenor sax, the clarinet may be more suitable.

The Brass Family

The brass family of instruments includes the trumpet, tuba, French horn, and trombone. These instruments are generally easy to move about and small. Students can easily carry and work to school with them. Having this family of instruments can also lead the students to be involved in the concert band, marching band, jazz, or school orchestra. To be frank…. these instruments can be loud!

a brass group from Oldham

But what makes it rewarding to play and listen to at the end is constant practice and patience. Mobility is easy too with this family of instruments with the exemption of the tuba. Brass instruments also come in many different sizes giving a variety of students different choices.

The Strings Family.

High school full string ensemble

The string family of instruments also features the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Some schools also consider the guitar. If you are interested in the school orchestra or string ensemble this is the right family for your school. Generally, the violin and viola are easily transported on any means of transportation but the cello and double bass will require a special bus for mobility. The amazing thing about the strings family is they come in different sizes for every type from half size to full size. So even the smallest child can play an instrument like the violin.

The Percussion Family

winter percussion group

The percussion family of instruments is an amazing instrument for developing the rhythm and timbre in every child. The family has snare drum, timpani, cymbals, xylophone, maracas, rattles, conga, gong, and clappers. For the beginner’s class, they’re basically going to be working with the drum pad. There are lots of music projects students can perform with percussion. Most elementary schools only offer the snare and bass drum to start and eventually add the percussion instrument as the students get to middle and high school. Most schools invest in these instruments.

Other Music Accessories.

In addition to what was listed above, there are also some music accessories you’ll also need to make available for easy flow of lessons, like music stands, microphones, mixers, amplifiers, and speakers.

If you want to build a standard music department in your school all these music accessories need to be considered. Getting most of them is quite affordable.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, most schools have different visions about music in their school. Some schools will like to focus more on their percussion, while some will focus more on the strings. But my suggestion is as far as there are different levels of students in your school, these families of the instrument should at least have on a member in the school. Today, most schools focus more on these three aspects; the full orchestra, the school choir, and the string ensemble. So, the choice is yours to determine what your vision is and what your school should be known for.

Useful Links

If you need more advice on choosing the right instrument for your school, purchasing the original instruments, and how much you can invest, you can visit the links below.

OGUNLADE OLUMUYIWA, giovanni music academy, music, school, training, lagos, nigeria


Olumuyiwa own Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Atlantic International University, Hawaii USA, earn a Diploma in Education from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State, a Grade 5 MUSON certificate(theory), and a Grade 2 ABRSM (theory). The initiator of the bucket drumming project in Nigeria. He is also the CEO of Giovanni Music Academy. A private and online music instructor.

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