- Who can play the cornet? Is there a recommended age, or can size or teeth be an issue?
- If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?
- What qualities of the cornet are special?
- Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills. What are the particular benefits of playing the cornet?
- How are cornets similar/different to other brass instruments?
- Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the cornets?
Ideally you need your second teeth! The cornet is an excellent starter instrument for young brass players ideally in year 3-4 or above.
The cornet is one of the smaller brass instruments, if the mouthpiece is too small, the tenor horn, baritone or trombone may be more suitable.
The cornet is predominantly a brass band instrument, though they are often played in wind bands too. The cornet produces a mellower sound than the trumpet.
The cornet looks similar to the trumpet but is visibly shorter and wider, although their total length is exactly the same size.
There are many famous cornet players - the instrument is regularly featured as a solo instrument in brass bands.