Music @ STM
Distance Learning Lessons
Dear Music Students,
Here is one more music activity you can do over the summer! Make a DRUM! It’s lots of fun and can be used for all kinds of music.
Last week, I mentioned Vivaldi’s SUMMER “Presto” piece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJTfG1MmMwQ The lady playing the violin is as fast as Lightning, but if you make this balloon drum, you can add some “THUNDER”! Try playing with a steady beat (like a heartbeat or “TA”), and some “Ti-tis” or “Ticka-tickas” during the exciting parts! Remember to play softly in the quiet parts, and let it “boom” in the loud parts! Only use the soft part of the mallet on the balloon skin – or it will break!
Here is the video with instructions to make the drum:
A couple of notes – they use a box cutter to make mallets out of corks! This is a little scary!! I suggest you fold up a Kleenex length-wise, spread some school glue end to end and wrap it tightly around the end of a skewer/chopstick. It’s much safer, and works nicely when you hit the balloon “skin”. Also, Mactac instantly sticks and comes in interesting patterns! You can use this instead of paper. Remember to cut the balloon above the “neck” and cut away about 1 cm of the “round” part. This is to help it fit on the canister better!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A small coffee or hot chocolate canister – no sharp edges
- A large balloon – 12” works best
- Construction paper (or Mactac! – you can get it at the dollar store)
- Scotch tape, or electrical tape (it comes in fun colours!)
- 2 wooden skewers or chopsticks
- White glue
- Kleenex (or a cork, if a parent can cut it!)
- Scissors and a ruler to make straight lines
I hope you have fun, and that you have a wonderful, happy, healthy, sunny, blessed summer!
Teacher Mrs. Pena
PS Student outcomes – Students will create a simple rhythm instrument, and play with a variety of beats, and with varying dynamics.