Music Works

Music Works explores 20 different instruments, covering basic music concepts in a simple to understand, practical and fun way.


Programme Philosophy

To present the basic concepts of music in a fun and non- threatening way, with a strong message that music is fun and can be played by anyone.

Programme Outcomes

Students will:

Hear and see 20 different instruments

Explore 5 Taonga Puoro (Maori Instruments)

Learn how the instruments produce their sound

Discover the difference between high and low sounds (pitch)

Discover the difference between loud and soft sounds (dynamics)

Participate with different rhythms Learn a song
Learn that music can be fun

This programme provides strong contributions to the various strands in the discipline of music in the Arts curriculum as well as making contributions to the area of technology.

Programme Description

This is a snappy, humorous, whirlwind tour through the sounds of 20 different instruments.

Starting with the Putatara, we explore how wind instruments make their sound, using panpipes to demonstrate pitch and then include the koauau, puturino, tin whistle, swanee whistle and flute. The bagpipe chanter, Irish bagpipes, and kazoo demonstrate instruments that use reeds to produce their sound (instruments are pulled part to show working parts). The guitar is used as an accompaniment for a new song

that the children are taught which explores dynamics. Other stringed instruments include the fiddle and harp.

After demonstrating percussion instruments such as the po- rotiti, tumutumu, bones and bodhran, Bob invites students to identify and pretend to play instruments on a recording.

Resource Kit

The complimentary resource kit includes complete information on the workshop, labelled diagrams of instruments, a tape of all instruments and songs, card games, experiments and suggestions for further reading.

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All material © Bob Bickerton 2012