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Grades3 to 8
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Lacking keyboards? This interactive site can help. Junk Band Game is a musical interactive tool brought to you as a by product of the Kid's Science Challenge. Turn a computer ...more
Lacking keyboards? This interactive site can help. Junk Band Game is a musical interactive tool brought to you as a by product of the Kid's Science Challenge. Turn a computer into a small keyboard for different musical instrument families such as brass, percussion, woodwinds, strings, and electronic sounds. Find explanations and instructions for each instrument and a challenge at the bottom to "name that tune." Experiment by playing more than one key at a time making chords, hear the sounds of scales, compare and contrast different instrument family sounds, and have fun in the process. In schools where music budgets are tight, this could be invaluable and its FREE! This site is truly a great addition to any unit on sound or music class! This "game" even explains why different instrument groups make their signature sounds based on the science of creating the instruments.
In the ClassroomShare this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then, have students "play" through the activity by reading the onscreen instructions and having them play a scale. (Explain what a scale is to students who are not musically trained or inclined.) Next, have students try to play some of the familiar tunes at the bottom of the screen. Classics and easily recognizable tunes are available at the site. The students will want to play indefinitely with this new found "toy." To keep it educational, prepare a set of five to ten questions asking students things such as "How do string sounds and woodwind sounds differ? How are they the same?" Have students compare the two types of instruments using a tool such as, "Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram" (reviewed here). Also, have students create questions for the rest of the class to try to answer. Students can create their own melodies and record the numbers pattern they used to create it. Then have students exchange patterns and play each other's. There are many possibilities with this site when learning about sound, learning to play instruments, or to include as an interactive in a basic music class.
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