This book is a lot of fun and full of a bunch of ways you can make music. The first chapter is all about Body Music – Clapping your hands, filling your cheeks full of air and patting them, using your voice! (And my least favorite, whistling) The next chapter is all about making instruments out of things that you can find around the house – bowls, pots, pans, etc. Who knew you had a whole orchestra right in your house? The 3rd chapter is all about Breath music – making tones by vibrating the air – making a kazoo out of a comb, making homemade flutes, etc. Then we move on to strings! There are instructions on how to make a guitar out of a cereal box (and some other supplies you probably have around the house). Instruments from the workshop are more indepth instruments that probably need some help from adults to make. These all seemed to be a bit over my head! The last chapter talks all about creating music and how you can make musical scores. This book has a ton of great ideas and definitely fun things to do on a rainy (or snowy!) day.
I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated. This book will be released April 30, 2019 from Storey Publishing.
About the book
Musician and educator Norma Jean Haynes brings the pioneering work of Ann Sayre Wiseman and John Langstaff to a new generation of kids ages 5 and up, focusing on the playfulness, spontaneity, and creativity of music. Kids explore rhythm with clapping, body drumming, and intonations. They learn to create found sound with kitchen pots and pans, the Sunday paper, or even the Velcro on their sneakers. And step-by-step instructions show how to make 35 different instruments, from chimes and bucket drums to a comb kazoo and a milk-carton guitar.