Our Senses

Let's Make Music!

  • Time Length
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    1-2 hours

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
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    intermediate

Question and Wonder:

  • Why do we make music?
  • Will the type of materials you use make a difference in the sound?
  • What kind of instrument will you design? Why?
  • What is your favorite music? Put some on and let it inspire you while you create your instrument.

Imagine and Design:

  • How can you turn these items into instruments?
  • How will you play the instrument? How will that change the way you make it?
  • Put the beans or noodles in similar containers, using different amounts. Is there a difference in the sound? What will the sound be like if you shake it versus bang on it?
  • How will you decorate your instrument? Will the decoration change the sound?

Test and Discuss:

  • Try using several different items and compare how they sound: Soft, loud, deep or high pitched?
  • If you put a towel or blanket around your instrument, how does the sound change?
  • Gather with family or friends and put on a concert.
  • Try playing your instrument outdoors. Does it sound different? Why?
  • How do you play your instrument? Can you play it some other way?

Did you Know?

Music can stimulate the mind. There are many things in music, to which one can listen and bring attention. Music can raise someone’s mood, get them excited, or make them calm and relaxed. Music also – and this is important – allows us to feel nearly or possibly all emotions that we experience in our lives.

Letting your child decide, control and experiment with variables is a great kindergarten readiness skill. This activity leaves lots of room for that because music and musical instruments can literally be made out of anything and in any way!

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