Band Beats

Why

Discover the world of instruments and the mathematics of music. Design labeled posters of various instruments.


Steps

1. Find out about the four types of musical instruments. Identify several instruments of each type. Which ones are played in the orchestra? In a band?


2. With a music teacher or someone who reads music, listen to simple, rhythmic music. Follow along with its notation. How do musicians know the number of beats per measure? Identify treble and bass clefs. Create your own rhythms and count the beats. Clap, stamp your foot, march, or dance to the beat. Notice all the math that's embedded in music!


3. Choose an instrument that you play, or would like to play. Research its materials, construction, and how it makes sounds.


4. Draw a large, colorful picture of this instrument on posterboard with Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils and Crayola Washable Markers. Use a real instrument, or a detailed picture, for reference as you draw.


5. Label the parts of your instrument. Describe how it makes sounds. Embellish your drawing with musical symbols.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adaptations

  • Children work together to create a bulletin board showing common instruments in a band or an orchestra.
  • Older students put together a brochure that shows common band or orchestra instruments and then visit classrooms in which younger children are preparing to select an instrument. Students play their instruments for them and distribute copies of the brochure.
  • Students attend a concert and record where each type of instrument sits in the orchestra or band. In the classroom, they use their posters to group themselves in similar fashion.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Metallic Colored Pencils
  • Markers
household supplies
  • posterboard

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students research the four types of musical instruments in an orchestra or band: aerophones (wind), idiophones (rhythm), chordophones (string), membranophones (drums).

  • Students recognize the mathematical bases of musical notation, rhythm, and counting.

  • Students research and represent their favorite instrument in a large, detailed drawing.

Cirriculum

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