In this unit, students will collect and compare data as they build a class set of percussion instruments.  Students will have the opportunity to build multiple types of instruments, compare the strengths of their classmates designs, and strengthen their own classroom community by becoming an ensemble.

 

Standards 

NGSS K-2-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT. K.MD.A.2: Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/”less of” the attribute, and describe the difference.  For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.

Music has been used through history and across different cultures to bring communities together; to celebrate, to communicate, and to connect.

Let’s look at the examples of steel drum ensembles in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura in Paraguay.

Materials

  • Maker journal, or folder.  A place to record observations, data, comparisons, and designs.
  • Measuring materials. Can be standard or non-standard.
  • Makerspace building materials, including something that can be used as a membrane.  Ex: cloth, balloon, paper, thin plastic.

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An idiophone is a category of percussion instrument that is played through shaking, striking, or scraping.  Examples include maracas, gongs, bells, washboard, musical saw and claves.

Video to learn more about idiophones:

Find material in your makerspace to assemble into an idiophone.  Record the materials, and a picture of your design in your maker journal.  Describe the sounds it can produce.  Once you have tested your instrument, and find it works, disassemble and return items to the makerspace.

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A membranophone is a category of percussion instrument that has a membrane which is struck to make sound.  Examples include bass drum, timpani, djembe, and frame drums. *add pictures?*

Video to learn more about membranophones:

Find materials in your makerspace to assemble into a membranophone.  Record the materials, and a picture of your design in your maker journal.  Once you have tested your instrument, and find it works, disassemble and return items to the makerspace.

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Look around your makerspace (through your maker box.)  What can you measure?  Find some items and measure the length and width.  What can you count?  Find some items and count how many there are in your space.

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Practice measuring different attributes.

In your maker journal, record 3 different things you notice about your teammates.  Some things you can measure could include;

  • How tall are they?
  • How long is their hair?
  • How many eyelets do their shoes have (hole for laces)
  • How many different colors are on their shirt?

Be creative in what you measure, and make sure the attribute you measure can be written as a number.  Ex: hair length, not hair color.

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Your classroom has a limited space.  Think about how you can design a class set of instruments that you can easily store within your classroom.

Consider your classmates designs.  Who will build a large instrument, who will build a small instrument?  Can they be stored together to save space?

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