Tuned percussion instruments are precisely made
from carefully chosen materials. Classroom instruments
offer many opportunities for making links between
science and music. Depending on the range of instruments
available, this unit could enrich the multi-cultural
dimension of the pupils' experiences. Examining
the origins of the woods that make the body of
a tuned percussion instrument could lead to a
discussion, or consideration, of responsible use
of rainforest resources.
A range of tuned percussion instruments with wood or
metal sound bars is required, for example, a xylophone
and a selection of beaters.
There are four parts to this unit:
- Looking at percussion instruments.
- Making a sound.
- The sound box.
- Percussion materials.
By using the unit pupils will identify the different
types and materials of classroom-tuned percussion instruments,
explore vibration, pitch and volume, explore amplification
and think about the responsible use of tropical timber.
There is advice on how to manage the activities, together
with full teachers' notes and print out activity cards
for the pupils.