In January my best buddy and I, Mrs. M (the art teacher from my school), embarked on the journey of starting our own business. I am proud to say that, after a lot of research and hard work, I am the Co-Owner of a Summer Art and Music Camp! While I won't be lying on the beach for the first few weeks of summer, I am relishing the opportunity to make music with children and share the experience of running our own business.
Tonight I was working on some of my camp lessons and going through some supplies I have gathered from family and friends over the years and this is what I camp up with....
It's kind of hard to tell what they are from the picture, so let me explain. I had a bunch of chopsticks that I was trying to use in some way and then it hit me. Cup Drumming! After unwrapping a set and trying it out on a plastic cup, I was happy with the sound but the chopsticks were splintering and a bit flimsy.
Being the band nerd that I am, I remembered that the drum line in marching band used electrical tape to wrap their sticks. So, I ransacked my tape drawer and found some! Yes, between two teachers, we have a whole tape drawer in our house. We have everything from duct to scotch to double sided and beyond. Then I wrapped the sticks in an assortment of colors.
Here is what they look like in use:
My patient husband as a hand model.
While this is something that I am planning for camp, there are so many practical applications for the classroom. Here are some I've thought of so far:
1. Play-a-long to famous pieces.
The sound of the drumming is light enough that you could have a whole class playing-a-long without it covering the musical selection. If you do your sticks multi-colored like mine, you could have different groups play-a-long to different sections in the music; A-red, B-blue, etc.
These would be great for rhythmic centers. Again the light sound wouldn't be distracting to kids working other places in the room.
These would be nice for a variation on an improv activity. I'm thinking Q and A.
How do you think you could use these in your classroom?