|Musical Instrument Inventor's Workshop|
Students build working musical instruments including strings, winds, and percussion. These simple versions of standard orchestral instruments serve as models for an exploration of acoustical principles.
Artist Jody Kruskal shows how vibration energy moves from object to object. The children's homemade instruments provide hands-on tools for investigating the relationship between pitch and the speed or frequency of vibration.
Students will collect items to be used with this workshop to emphasize the recycle/reuse concept.
The workshop ends with the class using their new instruments to play a short piece of music together.
All of the instruments that the students make are theirs for further use in the classroom or at home.
This workshop is successful as a single workshop, a three-day residency, or a hands-on extension of The Science of Sound assembly program.
Curriculum Connection: Science, Music
|N' Sync With Shakespeare|
The language of Shakespeare is examined and explained, so students will be able to understand and enjoy his works. The innovative games and webbing brainstorming keep participants involved and engaged while learning. Residencies Also Available
Artist Gerry Fierst combines teaching skills, acting and games to capture students and welcome them into a thrilling and exciting environment that encourages creative freedom and fun. This workshop explores the musicality and imagery of Shakespeare, introducing the actor’s craft with body, voice, and imagination. The text from Macbeth - The Three Witches is used to answer the question - How does the sound of language affect our imaginations? Grades 3-5
What makes performance? How do we create imaginary reality using movement, imagery, and voice? Using movement and voice, Gerry introduces Shakespeare and the actor’s craft using text from Henry V and Seven Ages Of Man - As You Like It. Creating a theatre space will be also be explored, with reference made to The Globe Theater. Grades 6-8
Students become more aware of the environment around them and develop a sense of connection with it as they learn to record their thoughts, observations and discoveries in words and pictures.
Artist/teacher Vicki Rabinowitz emphasizes strong observation skills and mindful recording as she leads students in the art of nature journaling.
This enjoyable and satisfying workshop teaches about historical artists/naturalists and integrates writing, math, science and art.
Participants are encouraged to continue using their nature journals as part of their daily lives as learners.