“That was really cool!” -B. Chefs
“My mom said I can’t do that at home.” – T. Chefs
The Chefs were a kitchen band today! I brought items found in our school’s kitchen for the students to make music. We labeled the items: forks, spoons, bowl, pots, spatula, cake pan, strainer, salt, pepper, Creole seasoning, cooking spoon, cutting board, serving spoon, and measuring cup. After naming them, students picked one to play, maybe needing a utensil to make some percussive rhythm on the bowl and pots. (If you wave a flexible spatula, it makes cool windy sounds.)
I assured our students that in music, it is okay to be a bit silly and play with kitchen items. I said they have my permission to play with them in the music room and it’s a safe place to do so; if they want to do it at home, they have to ask a parent. Our band was loud and had lots of different pitches and timbres. The more drum like instruments were popular, while the salt and pepper shakers and spoons were not as popular. We played along with the recordings of “All Around the Kitchen” by Dan Zanes and another version by Wayne Potash.
The students enjoyed it very much! It was something different and they were flexible with the musical play with the kitchen items. They were creative in playing different parts of their pan or bowl, using different spoons and spatulas to elicit different sounds. Playing as a kitchen band brought us together on our first day of music.