The Travelers and Explorers are studying Australia. In music, I shared an Australian instrument, the didgeridoo. The didgeridoo is usually 3 to 10 feet long, made of tree wood. Australians take their favorite tree branch or trunk, hollow it out, and turn it into a didgeridoo. It is played with vibrating lips and through circular breathing, where the player simultaneously breathes in through the nose while expelling air out of their mouth and cheeks.
We listened to a didgeridoo recording and students had varying opinions. Comments ranged from it sounding cool, funny, and amazing. After listening to it for 12 minutes, one student said his head was hurting from all the vibrations. Many of the students said they felt relaxed.
We made our own version of the didgeridoo out of toilet paper rolls and towel rolls using tape, markers, and tissue paper. Students choose the number of rolls to create the length and decided what color tape to piece them together. Many of them needed teacher help to hold the rolls together or to tape it down. They wanted to make them long and tall! Some used smaller rolls inside the larger roll for as a mouthpiece. Students were creative in the color choices of tape and the use of markers to make it their own with patterns and drawings. They enjoyed playing their very own didgeridoo!