An aerophone may be described as any instrument whose sound is produced by the vibration of a column of air. Aerophonic instruments may be further classified as to the way in which the vibrations are generated. These different methods include:
- blowing across a hole (flute);
- through a reed (oboe, clarinet);
- into a cup-shaped mouthpiece (trumpet, tuba).
Instruments that are classed as aerophones include: accordion, bagpipe, bassoon, clarinet, consertina, crumhorn, euphonium, flute, harmonium, horn, mouth organ, oboe, recorder, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and tuba.