String Family

Students choosing a string instrument will become members of Orchestra.

For general questions about the instrumental program, please consult the Islip Elementary Instrument Handbook. See the descriptions and videos below for more information.

Violin: The violin is a stringed instrument that is played by drawing a bow across the strings. It is often referred to as a fiddle. It is the smallest instrument in the orchestral string family.

Viola- The viola is a stringed instrument that is played by drawing a bow across the strings. It is similar to the violin, but slightly larger and plays a lower, more mellow tone.

Cello- The cello is a stringed instrument that is played by drawing a bow across the strings. The player is seated when it is played.

String Bass- The bass is a stringed instrument that is played by drawing a bow across the strings. It is the largest of the stringed orchestral instruments, and is equally comfortable in a jazz band or the orchestra.

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