This unit is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, it’s the only unit I’ve taught all 19 years of my career.

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Lesson 1

  • strings (chordophones)
  • solid material (idiophones)
  • stretched skin (membranophones)
  • air (aerophones)

Lesson 2

I explain the Invented Instrument assignment and show pictures.

II & piece assignment

Aerophones
Chordophones
Membranophones
Idiophones

Lessons 3,4

Students browse books for ideas, fill out the plan form, and bring in materials to build if they want to (most would rather work at home).

Instrument Plan Worksheet

Lessons 5-6

Explain sound piece, work in class

Rubric

II & Piece rubric

Links for Making Your Own Instruments

There are so many more links and even YouTube videos.

Books for Making Your Own Instruments

http://www.westmusic.com/p/make-and-play-834079     
     

Printable pdfs below

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