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Meet the musicians! What is your favorite instrument? What type of sound does it make?
Working individually or in small groups, students research the instruments that make up an orchestra., band, or other type of musical group. Provide class time for students to listen to recordings of each instrument playing. How does each instrument add to the whole musical experience?
Individually, students select one instrument to do further, more in-depth, research. Challenge students to become more familiar with the sound of the instrument, how the sound contributes to the orchestra or other group.
Use Crayola® Model Magic® to model a real or fantasy musician playing the instrument you researched. Shape the compound with your hands and simple tools such as a rolling pin or dowel, combs, craft sticks, and plastic utensils. Give the musician personality by creatively embedding decorative craft materials such as beads, feathers, buttons, and yarn into wet compound. Use Crayola® Scissors to cut pieces as necessary.
Build the instrument to scale with your musician, using Model Magic and other craft items such as chenille stems and aluminum foil.
Arrange musical role models into an ensemble. Invite others to attend a performance, playing music as the audience arrives and departs. Introduce your musician, sharing information about the instrument and its contribution to the group.
Which instruments are played in a marching band? Concert band? Jazz band? Create and decorate detailed, life-size replic
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