Author:
MARK PILSON
Subject:
Music
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Level:
Lower Primary, Upper Primary
Grade:
K, 1, 3
Tags:
  • NCDLS
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Audio

    Education Standards

    Book and Music Lesson - Like a Hundred Drums

    Overview

    This lesson uses the book, Like a Hundred Drums, by Annette Griessman. The lesson can be used by music educators to practice dynamics and NCES ML.3, create music using a variety of sound and notational sources in grades K, 1 and 3.

    Read Like a Hundred Drums

    1. Listen to the book, Like a Hundred Drums, by Annette Griessman using the following link: Like a Hundred Drums

    2. Students can use body percussion to express the text of the story. 

    Listen to the online reading of Like a Hundred Drums

    Make a rainstorm

    1. Students view the following video to learn musical dynamics.  LOUD/SOFT or FORTE/PIANO

    2. Discuss the different parts of a storm:  wind, rain, lightening and thunder.

    3. Students use body percussion to create a rainstorm effect. Start by rubbing palms together, or rubbing hands on pants. Add snaps, then pat lightly on legs. Increase speed and velocity of leg pats (patsching) to increase the intensity of the "storm." Stomping feet can be added as a thunder effect. Have students create their own ideas to create the rain and storm effect. 

    1. View the following video to learn musical dynamics.  LOUD/SOFT or FORTE/PIANO

    2. What are the different parts of a storm? 

    3. Create a storm using the following motions for winds, rain, lightening and thunder.

    • rubbing hands
    • clapping
    • hissing
    • pating legs
    • stomping

     

    Add musical accompaniment to your storm

    1. Students will listen to a portion of Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 4th movement "The Tempest" using the following link.  The Tempest Beethoven 4th movement

    2.  After students listen to the music, repeat music and ask the students to create a storm that matches the music using the following:

    • rubbing hands
    • clapping
    • hissing
    • pating legs
    • stomping

     

    1. Listen to a portion of Beethoven's 6th Symphony, 4th movement "The Tempest" using the following link.  The Tempest Beethoven 4th movement

    2. Create a storm that matches the music using the following:

    • rubbing hands
    • clapping
    • hissing
    • pating legs
    • stomping

    Discussion

    Answer the following questions.

    • How did the music sound like a storm? 
    • What motion did you use to sound like rain and thunder and lightning?
    • What dynamics did the composer use to create the sound effects?
    • What instruments would you use to create an effect of rain and storms?

    1. In a face to face setting, you can discuss these questions with your students.

    2. If you are using e-Learning, students can answer these questions digitally using an online app like google forms.

     

    Answer the following questions.

    • How did the music sound like a storm? 
    • What motion did you use to sound like rain and thunder and lightning?
    • What dynamics did the composer use to create the sound effects?
    • What instruments would you use to create an effect of rain and storms?