We are also familiar with the Western classification of strings, winds (woodwinds and brasswinds) and percussion. This system is a very old theory, dating back to Ancient Greece that classifies (only) Western STRINGS WOODWINDS However, there is a large amount of criteria for classifying musical instruments. Every one has a purpose and gives a different result. We suggest experimenting with different systems of classification with your students. Try to invent your own system too!   instruments and it has been mainly used to group the instruments in our orchestra. Here, you have another example: BRASSWINDS PERCUSSION Use the instruments in Annex 1 for classifying them under different criteria. Do you need inspiration? Go to Wikipedia article about instrument classification.