Early man made their musical instruments from materials taken from their immediate surroundings, such as bear and bird bones, so the concept of using ‘junk’ percussion to create sounds is not new. MED Music delivers a rhythmical, fun session where children enjoy, play, perform and ‘let off steam’ on bins and buckets. During the Recycled Sounds Workshop they make their own ‘junk’ percussion item, perform on it and then take it home to perfect their playing technique! We release the creativity in the child, encouraging them to discover and explore the objects in their vicinity that could also make musical instruments. So teachers should be prepared for odd sounds coming from their classrooms in the days following this workshop.
The emphasis is on rhythm. We incorporate simple call and response warm up games and build a polyrhythmic piece for ‘junk’ ensemble, activities differentiated according to the age and ability of the children. We explore the music elements of duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture and always with our workshops we aim to assist schools in delivering the National Curriculum and live up to our reputation of covering many of those targets in one day.
The Recycled Sounds Workshop begins with a how to create your own ‘junk’ percussion presentation assembly to all participants and teachers. The day is then divided into 30 minute practical sessions with a maximum of 60 pupils in each, plus a performance at the end of the day incorporating the ‘junk’ instruments the children made.
A fun session where children can let off steam drumming on bins and buckets