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Classroom Tuned Percussion

In this ASE SYCD: Science Year Primary unit, pupils identify the different types and materials of classroom-tuned percussion instruments.

Pupils explore vibration, pitch and volume, explore amplification and think about the responsible use of tropical timber.

Classroom instruments offer many opportunities for making links between science and music. Depending on the range of instruments available, this unit could enrich the multi-cultural dimension of the pupils' experiences. Examining the origins of the woods that make the body of a tuned percussion instrument could lead to a discussion, or consideration, of responsible use of rainforest resources.

A range of tuned percussion instruments with wood or metal sound bars is required, for example, a xylophone and a selection of beaters.

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