Saturday, November 10, 2012



1. Research sites on the Internet on how to make a homemade non-pitched percussion instrument  
    and list sources. 

2. Choose an instrument that you would like to create; one that you know that you can easily   
     locate the materials needed to make the instrument. (These materials can be anything including 
     tin cans, plastic bowls, etc.)  

3. Make a list (like a recipe) of materials and accessories (including quantities) needed, plus tools.

      A.  Materials and Accessories Needed
      B. Tools Needed (if any)

     C.  Directions in Sequential Order


4.  Gather the tools and materials needed before starting to make the instrument then put it 
     together. (Get help from an adult if you need it.)

5.  Take a picture of your instrument (if possible) to later attach to an essay or scan to a Google 

6.  Prepare a demonstration of your instrument to present to the class:
     a.  Give your instrument a name for example: “pop bottle shaker” or “tin can maracas”
     b.  Explain how the instrument makes its particular sound; the science behind the sound.
     c.  Explain how the instrument was made and what materials were used. 
     d.  Play something on the instrument for the class; demonstrate how it is used.  
          Perhaps join with others in creating your own group percussion composition.

7.  Use the information from your demonstration to write a few short descriptive paragraphs that 
     might be placed on a Blog:
     a.  Create a title.
     b.  Write an opening statement explaining what the reader is about to learn about perhaps using   
          some terminology that can be later explored in more detail or that can be used to link to 
          other information sites on the Internet. 
          1.  Explain what a percussion instrument is.
          2.  How the sound on this instrument is produced (the science of the sound).
          3.  What instrument you chose to create and why.
      c. The middle portion of this information piece should include the materials used and sequential 
          procedures to explain how you made it.
      d. The last portion should be a conclusion explaining: 
          1.  How your instrument is played (Example: scraped, shook, hit, etc.) and what it sounds 
          2.  What you learned from the whole experience of creating your own instrument. 

8.  Create an article for a Blog using Google Docs
     a.  Take your written work and type it into a Google Document
     b.  Add in links, pictures (perhaps a picture of your own instrument), possibly videos.
     c.  Artistically arrange the fonts and colors to make the presentation interesting for the viewer.