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Making Musical Instruments
Making music and the instruments with which to make it is always a 'carrot' to learning about sound, waves,, open and closed pipes, and a bit of engineering. Using straws and bottles to make creative bands often is part of traditional activities - many of which may be pointed toward STEM activities. Well, I came across this neat idea from Sydney Australia on making music by blowing carrots. That's all I am going to say. Take a peek and adapt the idea for a potentially messy but very interesting activity that contains the potential for 'sound' science- yes-take that two ways:}
Here's the video. A url that gives directions is verbally identified in the presentation.
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Thank you for this resource! I am doing a project on teaching sound waves, and this is great!
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Thank you for the post. I like the way you are relating a science concept to another discipline in a fun way. Students relate much better to this type of cross discipline activity and I will use this in my classroom.
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This is totally awesome. I know that I am going to incorporate music into my classroom. I know how to play piano. This is such a great and fun way to include music in the classroom. I think the kids would love it! Thank you for sharing!
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This video is fantastic. I shared this with our music teachers. One of the teacher actually has a project where the children make instruments out of recycled materials. Thank you!! Robin
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Wow! That was the epitome of creativity! I must try this or something along those lines.
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Thank you for sharing this post. I have a science unit that I do with my preschoolers, kitchen band, which is experimenting with sounds found in the kitchen. Never thought of using a carrot to make an instrument. It's intriguing to notice that you can make musical instruments out of almost anything. Thanks again for sharing.
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Oh my goodness this is so cool! I can't believe how good it sounds! I love the idea of having students make their own instruments. This is a great way to integrate the STEM fields. I might use this in the future. Thank you!
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I saw a news clip on a teacher workshop making guitars. What a wonderful skill! Trying to track it back.
I'm also looking for "the science of Blues music" for Chicago! Anyone have a source?
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Welcome to this thread. Building string instruments with various threads, elastic bands, strings, along with cardboard boxes and gourds has long been a phun scientific endeavor. Thanks for pointing this discussion along this path.
I thought that I would look through the resources on music and science and see what may be applicable to teachers building lessons with music and instruments that enhance a STEM or STEAM environment. They are not vegetables, but surely of interest:}
We've made rainsticks in the past and the children are absolutely fascinated by them! Thanks for posting those links!
After reading this post and remembering my days of teaching middle school I was wondering if anyone has build musical instruments from junk. A 60 minutes report covered a city in South America that created new instruments from trash. Here are some interesting websites for future thought:
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Now that you refreshed this thread with that information, I recall how wonderful the instruments were and how exciting it could be to build science lessons around the instruments.
Thanks a bunch,
As a STEAM informal educator, we created an entire sound unit using simple materials such as two straws- making straw flutes, straws and snow cone cups that make straw oboes, plastic bottles to recreate a horn sound, craft sticks and rubber bands to make harmonicas, etc. The one comment I continuously heard from students was- "whoever said you needed money to create a sound instrument!"
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That is very interesting to make music out of vegetables and can be used as an integrated lesson plan because in africa they use gourds for instruments. Also, this would be a good lab to connect with a garden project. There are many ways to work this concept into language arts and writing as well. Thanks for the resource!
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I thought that was interesting too! Who would have thought, vegetables!!
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WHAT!? WOW!! Saw the video and it blew my mind. I always enjoy when I see people making instrument out of house hold appliances; but I've never heard of fruit or vegetable instruments. What made it incredible is the sound that came out of the carrot.
Thank you for the great resource!
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That's awesome! Thanks for sharing. Engineering is everywhere!
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My name is Leanna Ferreiro. I am an Elementary Education major. I think this is a great way to have students learn about sound. This activity is fun and interactive. The use of a carrot may be messy but I think in the long run it will be well worth it. It seems like an activity that students would enjoy and take meaningful information from. There are many traditional actives that one can use to teach students about sound and sound waves like bottles, but I believe this activity goes above and beyond. It will keep students guessing and wondering how this will work. I will be sure to try and incorporate an activity like this one in my future classroom. I appreciate the great ideas to help teach students in science about sound.
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Thanks for this post. I feel like I have been introduced to whole new world. I cant wait to try it with my future students.
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Wow thank you for the post! This is a very interesting and fun way for children to learn about sound and the different things that affect it. It is also a very good way for students to be creative and play with the things that they have created. I feel that students would be very excited to participate in this activity.
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This is so awesome! I am a student teacher so resources like this are super helpful. Thank you for sharing this link. I will definitely keep it in mind for the future!
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I love this resource! I play the violin, so I like the idea of using a lot of musical elements to supplement learning. This could be a great science lesson about sound and vibrations. Thank you very much!
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I think this a great way to engage students! I would've loved to do this lesson as a student in school.
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I love the concept of this! Great suggestion, thank you! I would definitely want to incorporate this in my lesson in the future.
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Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! It’s such a fun way to teach about sound and music. I look forward to incorporating it into my classroom!
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This is super cool. I have actually made musical instruments out of materials like this before, but this gave me new ideas! Thanks for posting!
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Very fun and creative way to make a musical instrument. Would have never thought of making a musical instrument out of a carrot. Kids will probably get inspired to create their own out of other materials. Enjoyed watching the video!
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