Looking for more ways to get your students involved in music and to prepare them for their BSO concert experience? Here are some simple activities that you can do with your students (or at home!) to get everyone in a "musical" state of mind.
Collect six plastic film containers and fill them with materials that will make a sound when you shake the container. Use materials that will produce distinctly different sounds, such as un-popped popcorn kernels, salt, or sesame seeds. Here are a variety of ways to use the containers to help students develop good listening skills:
Ask the students to bring an interesting "kitchen sound" in a paper bag so that others won't be able to see it. Have students stand in back of the class and "play" their sound. The others are to guess what object made the sound. If they are unable to guess, ask students to describe the sound using a variety of adjectives.
After several performances and guesses, have the students group the kitchen sounds they have heard by various categories, for example loud sounds, wood sounds, metal sounds, whirring sounds. Once they have categorized and described the sounds, create Venn diagrams comparing and contrasting two of the categories.
Bring in a clean oven rack (or wire cookie cooling rack)and attach an 18" length of string to each of two corners. Have one student wind enough string around each index finger to be able to suspend the oven rack. This student should then put the index fingers in his/her ears and lean forward so the rack hangs freely without touching anything.
A second student should tap the rack in different places with a metal object (a spoon works well), experimenting with short taps and long, swishing sounds. The observers will hear something entirely different than the student who is holding the rack! As they take turns, have the students speculate as to why it sounds so different to the person holding the rack.
Playing with Glasses
Have students fill three water glasses or bottles to produce the first three sounds of "Hot Cross Buns."