This is a fun piece without words. Could be used with other animals to create simple songs or replace the words of known songs with the appropriate animal interpretations.
The Bears CD-ROM is full of really good examples of solo instruments. This could be used as an introduction to individual musical instruments. Children can gain understanding of the role of each instrument as they listen and compare the sound and types of music those instruments fit best with. The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra is a good follow up activity..
Randomly generated sounds can be incorporated into composition. Students can make their own wind chimes out of bamboo. This is also a powerful way of defining music with children. Are all random sounds music? Do we need to repeat and organise sound to make music?
|Opening sound effects from the pendulum clock. How can we recreate the sound effect. Try using a two tone tulip block. Add a melodic line and some lyrics. The children will appreciate the component parts of a song from a simple rhythmic beginning.|
Obviously a way of looking at cultural differences in music. The history and construction of the bagpipes are other ways of developing children's interest. Bagpipes have a remarkable emotional effect. There are good examples of how this instrument has inspired troops going into battle. A link could be made to the bugle, military drums and army bands. This could lead to an examination of the importance of music in warfare and the whole connotation of music being used to stir desired emotions. Children listening to a range of short pieces of music could write down or discuss images of feelings they experience.
Like the Bagpipes the harp has a significant cultural history. Used extensively in Celtic music. Look at current examples in Irish music being performed. The sound stringed instruments make and the way this sound is produced are so vastly different to the bagpipes. It is good to make the contrasts. Children can make a type of rudimentary harp with nails, a piece of wood and rubber bands. Children can be challenged into thinking about what sorts of music the harp would be best suited for.
|There are so many possibilities with this room we cannot possibly list them all.|
|More musical instruments and more styles. This room uses nursery rhymes as a theme and so is particularly suited to younger students. Older students will still enjoy this room particularly if they have the opportunity to recreate the rhymes themselves using different musical styles.|
|Discussion & Investigation
Make your own music
|Use the music maker function on the Bears CD-ROM to explore sounds and rhythm composition. This could be used as an introduction to other forms of composition. Children enjoy the opportunity to play, record and share their compositions. Developing critical listening skills is an important element in encouraging students to modify their own creations.|
Gramophones aren't very common in homes anymore, what do we use today instead of gramophones?Who invented the gramophone? What are some of the different ways that can be used to record and play back sounds.