(Intended for 4th grade)
* The students will be able name two different types of mallets.
* The students will know how percussion instruments are played.
* The students will know that there are many types of mallets and that they produce different sounds on the percussion instruments.
Students are expected to be familiar with the different families of instruments by the time they begin their own studies in Band and Orchestra.
All percussive instruments available
All mallets available
Sibelius Instruments, from Sibelius Educational Suite
Computer and projector
1. As the students line up outside the music room, they are told that they will need to sit in groups of three once they enter the room.
2. Each group is given same type of drum and a different type of mallet.
3. All groups are given 2 minutes to figure out a rhythm to play for the class and describe the sounds that their mallet makes on the drum.
CHECK FOR UNDERSTANDING:
Why do we need all these mallets anyway?
As you begin to think about what instruments you will be making for your instrument project, remember that mallets make quite a difference in the way that your instrument might sound.
During the next lesson, I plan to discuss in more detail the types of instruments in the Percussion Family and assign the Instrument Project. The Instrument Project summarizes the whole unit on the family of instruments.