The oboe is one of the most recognizable sounds in an orchestra or band, and composers often use its sweet singing quality to carry the most sensitive and beautiful melodies. The oboe is made out of wood and metal and gets bigger at the lower end, where it flares into the bell. The oboe plays a tuning note at the beginning of orchestra concerts. Oboe players are known for their focus and attention to detail. If you have a child who is a natural problem-solver, someone who is curious about the world and likes to go into the detail of everything, then the oboe could be the perfect choice for them.