Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children

Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children

Language: English

Pages: 152

ISBN: 1884365485

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Written for adults, this hands-on guide demonstrates how to make easy musical instruments with children. Detailed instructions are included for making more than 60 unique instruments that are suitable for children as young as five years. Serving as a resource in the classroom or home, this manual is extensively illustrated with drawings and photographs along with an audio sample of the instruments in lively solo and ensemble pieces.

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snippets of weatherstrip about �″ long. On each bamboo segment, at a point between a fourth and a fifth of the length from each end, attach two of the snippets of weatherstripping using the adhesive backing. Place them 90 degrees apart (see the drawings on the facing page). The pads will serve as feet, holding the bamboo up off the surface so it can vibrate freely when struck. SKILL LEVEL This instrument requires cutting bamboo with a saw. MATERIALS Bamboo, about 10 feet. The diameter should

the three strings as described previously for the simple version. Make any adjustments needed to position the tubes, bottle and rubber band frets similar to the positioning in the drawing above. PLAYING THE MAILING TUBE LUTE As described above for the simple version, you can use another long rubber band to strap the instrument around your waist when you play. The tuning and playing of this version is the same as that of the simple version, except that you can play higher notes by pressing the

T-joint for �″ PVC tubing. (That’s right, we’re calling for the �″ T-joint, even though the tubing you’re using is �″.) Large balloon (12″ size or larger). Masking tape or electrician’s tape. The standard �″ width is good. Rubber band. TOOLS Rotary tubing cutter. See the picture on page 2 if you don’t know this tool. Electric drill and �″ bit. Vise or clamp to hold the tubing during cutting and drilling operations. Hammer and center-punch or large nail. Scissors. Ruler, yardstick or

T-joint for �″ PVC tubing. (That’s right, we’re calling for the �″ T-joint, even though the tubing you’re using is �″.) Large balloon (12″ size or larger). Masking tape or electrician’s tape. The standard �″ width is good. Rubber band. TOOLS Rotary tubing cutter. See the picture on page 2 if you don’t know this tool. Electric drill and �″ bit. Vise or clamp to hold the tubing during cutting and drilling operations. Hammer and center-punch or large nail. Scissors. Ruler, yardstick or

and so forth. Most pieces of music, however, do not use all twelve of these notes. Instead, typical melodies use scales of seven or fewer notes per octave. Most familiar is the seven-note (diatonic) scale known as the major scale. Also particularly important for children’s instruments are five-note (pentatonic) scales. Each of these two scale types – five-tone and seven-tone – has its advantages. The advantage of the seven-tone scales is that you can play more familiar tunes than with the

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