After watching an inspiring clip of Blue Man Group performing using PVC pipe, first grade students were given the chance to create their own performances using a cardboard tube.
The rules were:
- We will work in pairs.
- We can’t practice beforehand, only discuss with our partner what we’d like to do.
- Once we are in front of the class, we are the performers and the other students are the audience!
This project allowed students to use some of the musical terms and rhythms mentioned in class in an effective way. It also taught us how to convey our musical ideas with words. After the performances, the performers and audience members reflected on their triumphs and successes, and how we might approach an activity like this in the future.