Nobody knows how music began, but we've been making it since prehistory. Lend your ears and eyes for a musical trip down the ages, accompanied by Pythagoras, Beethoven, Thomas Edison and other star turns.
Talking drums are these cool West African percussion instruments where you squeeze the strings around the middle to change the tension on the drum heads and change the pitch. Go look at this amazing video. Do it. Didn't realize a drum could sound like that, huh?I've done a lot of kids' workshops on homemade musical instruments, including rainsticks, ocarinas, and motorized panpipes, made from everyday items, and I thought I'd share this one. Making a nicer talking drum from wood
Learn a West African welcome song with “Fanga Alafia” which means “Welcome, peace, good will to you!” Also included in this lesson pak is a student article on Liberia, a recorded pronunciation guide for the Yoruba lyrics, and guided instructions on how to improvise a percussion accompaniment. Use this welcome song for the beginning of the school year, or to welcome guests to your classroom or school.
This teacher has 5 music stations spread around the room. Each has music writing boards, pencils in a tray, clipboards on top for doing worksheets and a tray beside it for putting papers in. The first group goes to station one, second group to station 2, etc.