Category Archives: Instrument Play

Gathering Drum Fun

We have new additions to the instrument collection at The Parish School: two gathering drums! I have experienced them in other music settings and decided that we needed some. These are strong resilient drums that provide opportunities for various play. … Continue reading

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Instrument Play: “Jump In the Line”

To start off the year in high spirits, students explored and played instruments to Harry Belafonte’s “Jump In The Line.” This song provides a strong beat to follow in shaking, tapping, and making music. Instruments choices were clatterpillars, guiro, maracas, … Continue reading

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“Root-A-Toot-Toot” Story and Instruments

Thanks to the Houston Symphony, the Parish students had the opportunity to play real brass instruments (trumpet, trombone, and French horn) to our story, Root-A-Toot-Toot by Bernice Myers. After explaining how to pucker lips to create the embrasure and to … Continue reading

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“The Sneaky Sounds” Instrumental Prelude

Congratulations to all the performers today!  The Penguins and the Mustangs did a great job acting out “The Vanishing Pumpkin,” our Halloween show.  The Explorers set the Halloween mood with a musical prelude “The Sneaky Sounds.” About a month ago, … Continue reading

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Sound Lines: Outdoor Instrument Play

Combining outdoors and music, the Butterflies class and I made sound lines to make music outside.  Taking tambourines and bells, we worked together to tie them onto rope.  Students were helpful in putting the rope through the instrument and tying … Continue reading

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“Barnyard Banter”: Book

“Barnyard Banter” by Denise Fleming is a great book about farm animals and their sounds.  While using a shaker to keep a steady beat, I chanted the words of the book and had the Turtles and Giraffes repeat after me after I … Continue reading

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The Rhythm of the Boomwackers

To work on rhythm and to try something new, Ladybugs, Zebras, Bears, Wranglers, Rockets, and Penguins are playing Boomwackers.  Boomwackers are tuned plastic percussion tubes and we are playing on a diatonic set of 8 (C, D, E, F, G, … Continue reading

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