Wedding and Event Violinist, Violin Instructor

By: Bethany | July 12, 2016

What is timbre?

Timbre is "the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity". Timbre is what makes your voice sound different than anybody else's voice in the world, it's what makes the violin sound different than the piano, it's what makes falling rain sound different than wind blowing through the trees.

Why is teaching timbre important?

When you teach students about timbre it teaches them to listen to the texture and quality of the sound rather than just pitch and harmony.  It encourages them to explore with different instruments and sounds.

Teaching timbre with Name the Student game

Begin by explaining the concept of timbre to the students. Explain that all instruments and even all of the...