Making Music: Create and Play 70 Musical Instruments Using Stuff from Around Your House

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Duet for Zipper and Velcro. Sonata for Milk Carton Guitar. Kitchen Concerto. Every home and classroom is crammed with objects kids can use to make music. This book teaches kids, parents, and teachers how to see musical possibilities in everything from a crumpled sheet of paper to thimbles glued to the fingertips of a glove.

Two of the most respected names in arts education for children have teamed up to produce Making Music. With her ...
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Duet for Zipper and Velcro. Sonata for Milk Carton Guitar. Kitchen Concerto. Every home and classroom is crammed with objects kids can use to make music. This book teaches kids, parents, and teachers how to see musical possibilities in everything from a crumpled sheet of paper to thimbles glued to the fingertips of a glove.

Two of the most respected names in arts education for children have teamed up to produce Making Music. With her imaginative projects and whimsical drawings, Ann Sayre Wiseman shows kids how to make rhythm, string, wind, and keyboard instruments from all kinds of household items and natural materials. The projects range from simple castanets made of walnut shells to a complex zither made of wood. John Langstaff, preeminent music educator, teaches children how to make music with their homemade instruments, whether solo, in a duet, in a small ensemble, or with a full classroom orchestra. He starts with rhythm games and moves on to teaching kids about music basics, such as tempo.

Making Music gets kids excited about sounds, shows them how to make their own instruments, and helps them recognize that everything in the world makes its own music.

Includes instructions for making a variety of simple musical instruments from ordinary household items.

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“…a teriffic resource, not just for helping kids create their own instruments, but also for teaching the youngsters what to do with them.” – Salt Lake City Tribune

“Not only does the book provide good information for instruments to make and give, it tells children how to create instruments from everyday objects around the house.” – Florida Times-Union

“…Wiseman and Langstaff invite children to explores the world of music by showing them how to create their own instruments and rhythms.” – School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175135
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.78 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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Table of Contents

Beginning Notes 6
Kitchen Things That Ring and Ping 10
Scrapers & Rasps 12
Guiro 13
Names & Notation 14
Fruit Salad 15
Crying Water Bowls & Cooking Pots 16
Pot Cover Cymbals 18
Clock Music: Opus 1 19
Bells--Chimes--Triangle 20
Glass Harmonica 22
Tambourine 24
Maracas: Rattle & Clatter 26
Rainstick 27
Thimble Fingers & Tapping Gloves 28
Clave & Rhythm Sticks 30
Jingling Johnny 32
Castanets & Clappers 34
Tongue Drums 36
Drum Improvisations 38
Mallets 39
Playing the Room 40
Percussion Conversations 42
Canons & Rounds 43
Talking Drums 44
Hardware Orchestra 46
Conduit Pipe Xylophone 48
Wooden Xylophone 50
African Thumb Pianos 52
Bugles & Horns 54
Random Pipes 56
Flutes & Whistles 58
Shepherds' Pipes 59
Dandelion Trumpets 60
Window Wind Harp 61
Board & Box Zither 62
One-String Box Bass 64
Bushman's Bow--Lyre 66
Milk Carton Guitar 68
Plucking Fiddle 70
Musical Saw 72
Conducting an Orchestra 74
Kitchen Concerto 75
A Pre-Hispanic Orchestra 76
Paper Orchestra 78
Clock Music: Opus 2 80
Clock Music: Opus 3 82
Soundscapes 84
Velcro-Zipper Duet 86
Single-Note Compositions 88
Orchestrating 89
Clapping and Body Drumming 90
Family Fun 92
End Notes 93
Resources 94
Index 96
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