Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Aerophone Project

In the fall of 2014, Kazoo School students grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade explored the different ways to turn every day objects into musical instruments. Today, we built aerophones!

An aerophones is defined as; “any musical instrument that produces sound primarily by causing a body of air to vibrate, without the use of strings or membranes, and without the vibration of the instrument itself adding considerably to the sound.” We created our aerophones using toilet paper tubes and wax paper.

 

For this project, you will need;

Toilet Paper Rolls (Tubes)

Construction Paper

Markers/Crayons

Wax Paper (the kind used in cooking)

Small Rubber Bands

Stickers (optional)

 

 

First, take a sheet of construct paper and cut it in half. This will be decorated by the student and used to cover the toilet paper roll. Students often do not want to put the un-decorated roll near their mouth (Eeww, toilet paper!). This also gives the student the chance to personalize their instrument. Let them know that anything they color near the outside edges will not be visible when the construction paper is applied.

 

 

Second, take the design and tuck the edges inside the toilet paper roll. Glue is NOT necessary, the paper will stay on its own.

 

 

 

 

Next, place the wax paper on one end of the aerophone. Hold it in place with a small rubber band. You can use larger rubber bands, you just need to wrap it around 2-3 times until it is tight and secure.

 

 

 

Last, hold your aerophone up to your mouth and make a sound. If a student “blows” into the aerophone, the wax paper can come off. Like with recorders, “gentle, steamy window air” will do the trick. Listen to that fun, buzzing sound!

 

 

 

My students love this project (and classroom teachers “thank” me for their noisy afternoons). Your voice is an AMAZING instrument, celebrate it whenever possible!

 

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