Make a MUSIC WALL!
|Ms Sue's Music Wall!|
Miss Carole of Macaroni Soup here – and I’m all about participatory music. This idea is about as Jump-Right-In as it gets! “Ms Sue” Nierman, a friend and collaborator from the Children’s Music Network brought the MUSIC WALL idea to my attention – and I can’t wait to get building at one of the schools where I teach! Just look at this picture – don’t YOU want to play here? I DO!
The idea is to find household items, percussive instruments (or pieces of former instruments), or anything that would make a pleasing or interesting sound when rubbed, struck or plucked, attach it to a “wall”, and let the kids have at it!
What’s your space? What do you use? How do you attach the stuff?
There are no “rules” – got a backyard fence you don’t mind putting some nails, cup hooks, screws into? If not, what about scavengering for a piece of fence that’s been used, or a new section of fence at a garden or hardware store's end-of-summer sale? An 8’ strip of lattice or trellis? Be creative – do it inexpensively!
Recycle, Re-use, ROCK ON!
Check out Filth Wizardry: Music Wall to see another Music Wall - this one by Lindsey and her 3 little girls. There's some great up-close pictures of how things are attached - and her original inspiration - The Music Tree!
I suggest not trying to teach your child(ren) how to use it. Let your MUSIC WALL be a place of discovery. For a Family Music Wall at your home, get everyone involved. Check your garage, kitchen, basement – wonderfully musical things lurk there! I plan to put an old bicycle wheel (ok, so my husband doesn’t know he’s donating it yet, but he must have one to spare!) on a large nail. I envision it being spun while the kids take a small metal spatula to the spokes to make them sing! I also have a xylophone with a few bars missing – but the remaining bars make beautiful tones! It’s going on my wall.
A MUSIC WALL can be a constantly evolving creation. It can be big or small. It can be permanent or seasonal. It doesn’t even have to be a wall! How about an old ladder – just attach things on the rungs so that it can’t be climbed from either side – safety first!
If you make one – send me a picture. I’d love to see MUSIC WALLS all over the world – yeah, I think big!
What could you sing with a MUSIC WALL? How about “I Am A Fine Musician!” It’s on my “Sticky Bubble Gum” cd. If you need a melody refresher, or hear it here. It's the JULY Song of the Month on my Macaroni Soup website.
LYRICS: I am a fine musician, that’s what people say
I am a fine musician, that’s what people say
I play on the Wall, I play on the Wall, I play the on Wall all day!
I play on the Wall, I play on the Wall, I play on the Wall all day!
For more information about The Children’s Music Network, check out the website or email me. That’s where I first found out about a MUSIC WALL!- on CMN's email list. We’re a network of people involved with children, music, and networking – and our International Conference is just outside Chicago October 12 – 14. Early Bird rates are in effect until August 10. I guarantee an experience that will enrich, enliven and excite!
Yours for a bing-bang-boom Song!
“Miss Carole” Stephens