About This Project

Ms. Fitzgerald says:

"This is the first time these students have participated in an instrument-building project and the results were VERY creative!

Between the two elementary schools that I work at in Southington, CT, approximately 115 students built instruments and participated in this project!

For this year's project I collaborated with fellow music colleagues as well as with the 5th grade team to put together a "Science of Sound" Unit which not only supports the "Instruments of the Orchestra" Unit in General Music, but the "Sound and Light" Unit the students do in their 5th grade Science classes.

The students were asked to create an inexpensive instrument from everyday household items and write a brief description about their instrument, what materials they used to build it, how the sound is produced, how the pitch (high vs. low sounds) are controlled and how dynamics (volume or loud vs. soft sounds) are controlled."