Your challenge:

In groups, make an aerophone, a membranophone, a chordophone, and an idiophone. The AEROPHONE and the CHORDOPHONE need to be able to produce two different pitches. Confused? Here are links that explain these acoustical terms for musical instruments:

http://cnx.org/content/m11896/latest/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_musical_instruments_by_Hornbostel-Sachs_number

Now you can jam with your instruments--play a steady rhythm and then groups of instruments take turns improvising over the steady rhythm. When your group is not improvising, it is playing the rhythm. See what kinds of music you can create.

You can also create an infomercial for your instruments (use digital cameras to capture video)

Here are some related videos:



This video is about how the trumpet works acoustically (all instruments where you buzz your lips and blow to get a sound--French horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium, cornet, bugle)



Acoustics of the violin




Explanation of waves in sound





Information on how music is written in the west.



If you ever need to teach about acoustics, here is a good explanation. It would be good to watch this so you understand the physics principles behind these instruments.



Using this in a classroom:

This project includes both literacy standards and standards related to recycling as well as being a possible foundation for many types of music learning (call and response, acoustics, types of instruments, various musical structures). Easy songs on guitar.