A WOMAD Foundation project which brings together music, science and design technology within a cultural context.
Growing Music is a WOMAD Foundation project which brings together music, science and design technology within a cultural context. It was developed by Annie Menter and Mauricio Velasierra supported by Anne Goldsworthy. The detailed lesson plans were devised entirely by PSTT College Fellow Carol Sampey with Kulvinder Johal.
The project is based on growing bamboo and making and playing Colombian ‘sikus’ or pan pipes. It features science, music and DT with other cross-curricular links. There are also details about how to bring a Colombian musician or other artists from across the world into your school. It is suitable for children in Key Stage 2.
Download Full Growing Music Resource [11.44MB]
Growing Music is a project which has run successfully in many schools. It engages children in a cycle of planting, growing and investigating bamboo and making and playing pan pipes from bamboo canes. The children ‘grow’ their own music.
You may want to take on the whole project or select specific sections such as:
- Growing and investigating bamboo plants and the uses of bamboo as a material.
- Understanding sound through making and playing a musical instrument.
- Developing Literacy and Numeracy skills through the context of the bamboo plant.
- Finding out about Colombia.
Science Lesson Plans
The science lesson plans are about Plant Growth, Sound and the Properties of Bamboo as a Material. They also cover many aspects of ‘Working Scientifically’. The Learning Objectives relate to the English National Curriculum but they can be adapted to fit in with the National Curricula of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In this section you can also download background notes on Growing Bamboo in your School (some species are very invasive); Information about Bamboo Plants (where it grows, its structure and its uses); and the Science of Sound (including how pan pipes make sound)
science lesson plans [2.88MB]
growing bamboo in your school garden [2.80MB]
about the bamboo plant and the uses of bamboo [3.85MB]
science of sound [3.29MB]
Making and Playing Sikus
Here you will find the equipment needed to make the sikus (pan pipes) and instructions for making them. You will also find advice on how to make music with the pipes.
materials and equipment required [1.36MB]
making the sikus (pan pipes) [4.00MB]
playing the sikus (pan pipes) [1.82MB]
This is where you will find a variety of ideas for cross-curricular links from Maths and Literacy to Geography and Art. You will also find the tale ‘The Story of the Bamboo’ from ‘A Year of the Heart’ by Daniel O’Leary and advice on ways to develop children’s own storytelling. You will also be able to download information about Colombia which children can use in various ways e.g. to compare Colombia with the UK and/or other countries.
cross-curricular ideas [1.36MB]
developing storytelling through 'the story of bamboo' [2.57MB]
finding out about colombia [3.15MB]
- Colombia – Fast Facts
- Colombia and Bamboo
- Colombia and Food
- Music in Colombia
- Myths and Legends of Colombia
Bringing Artists from Around the World into your School
WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) Foundation www.womadfoundation.org brings the magic of the WOMAD festival into schools and communities and provides grants up to £5000 to make this happen.
WOMAD and WOMAD Foundation [1.58MB]
womad foundation application form [14.15kB]
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