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Musical playground
Focus Questions
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What materials were used to make the musical playground?
What instruments did they make?
How are percussion instruments played?
What does the word `percussion’ mean?
Why is the musical playground unique?
What types of music are students learning to write and play?
How is the musical playground being used in other subject areas?
What skills are needed to play the instruments?
How is the musical playground encouraging more kids to learn music?
How did this story make you feel?
Musical playground
23RD NOVEMBER 2010
Learning Area
The Arts
Key learning
Students will explore percussion instruments in more detail.
Begin by asking students to look at the words below. With a partner, recall
how they were used in the BtN story and illustrate each word.
percussion
musical
playground
innovation award
classical
reggae
instruments
Students can choose one or more of the following activities:
Create a rhythmic pattern using body percussion (clapping, whistling, stomping feet).
Perform the pattern to a small group or class.
Investigate how high and low notes are produced on percussion instruments (what
happens when vibrations get faster and slower?)
Working with other students, design your own musical playground using recycled
materials. Think about how the instruments can be incorporated into the existing school
playground.
Create a hand held percussion instrument. The following websites may help
http://www.rhythmweb.com/homemade/ http://www.kid-at-art.com/htdoc/lesson44.html
Teach a friend to play the instrument.
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EPISODE 34
Students will
investigate a
range of
percussion
instruments and
how they are
played.
Choose one of the following percussion instruments and write a short description
(including history/culture, how it’s played, the sound it makes) and illustrate it.
Xylophone, marimba, conga, djembe, timpani, maracas, agogo bells, castanets.
Make a quiz or crossword about percussion instruments. Give it to another student to
try.
 Related Research Links
Northumberland Orchestra – Percussion instruments
http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/music/orchestra/percussion.htm
Thinkquest – Percussion
http://library.thinkquest.org/5116/percussion.htm
Classics for Kids – Percussion family
http://www.classicsforkids.com/music/instruments_list.asp?family=Percus
sion
Online Schools – How does a piano work?
http://www.onlineschools.org/how-does/how-does-a-piano-work/
© ABC 2010