The Sound Invention Project

at Catlin Arts Magnet Center

in Omaha, Nebraska

 Deborah Mosier, Teacher

Fifth graders studied the four major families of musical instruments: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. They studied how each instrument makes its sound. Students were allowed to work with a partner outside of school to create a sound invention. The students used the internet to get ideas for instruments. The rubric for evaluating the instruments was based on the rubric in the Virtual Museum of Music Inventions.

The Music Program at the Catlin Arts Magnet is designed to provide many opportunities for students to develop their musical skills in performance, appreciation, and creativity.

Every student at the Catlin Magnet Center participates twice weekly in general  music class.  Singing, playing instruments, dancing, and drama activities encourage students to become active listeners and to develop an appreciation for all types of music.  In addition, special areas of study are designed for specific grade levels.