Pan Pipes of Greek Mythology

“Hover over it and blow to play it.” – Titans about the pan pipes.

The Titans are studying Greek Mythology and learned this week the story about the Greek god Pan.  Pan fell in love with a nymph named Syrinx and she did not return his affection.  She fled from his embraces and in her anxiety, sought the aid of the water nymphs who transformed her into a reed.  When Pan reached the water, he found a clump of marsh reeds and did not know which reed she had become.  He uprooted some of the reeds, cut them to different lengths, fastened them with wax, creating the musical instrument, the pipes of Pan.  From that time on, Pan delighted others with his music and was seldom seen without it.

The Titans were fascinated to hold the pan pipes and to try to play it.  One student described playing it as “hovering,” which is the perfect description.  Each student passed the pan pipes under their stream of breath and one even found that she could play individual notes by blowing into one or two pipes at a time.  V. Titans discovered that the sound changes by covering some of the pipes and waving fingers over the pipes while playing it.  It creates a hand vibrato.

I shared that we will make our own pan pipes.  They are incredibly excited to have their own and cannot wait for next week!

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About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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