Category Archives: Instruments

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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iPad App: “Magic Piano”

“Magic Piano” is one of my favorite free iPad piano app.  My private music students enjoying choosing this app as their iPad reward time for spending focused time on the piano.  Within the app, there are four different keyboards that … Continue reading

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Handbell Play By Colors

“Sounds like church.” – L. Ducks “Color purple, my favorite!” – M. Giraffes The Ducks, All-Stars, Giraffes, and Turtles played the handbells this week.  I demonstrated how to ring the two different types of bells: one with button on top … Continue reading

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Bumblebee Drumming and Singing

The Pandas drummed their way on a bumblebee hunt.  We played fast on the drum as to run to find some bees.  Then we drew circles with our mallets on the drum head while we buzzed with our voices, listening … Continue reading

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The Recorders Flash Mob!

This week, the Travelers learned about Argentina and the quena (pronounced ke-na), the traditional Andean flute.  We watched a video demonstration of how to play the quena, blowing into it, and finger placement.  The students noticed that the quena is … Continue reading

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