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Growing Music

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Energy, Plants, Sound

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7-9, 9-12

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.

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Growing Music

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.

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PSTT advises teachers to refer to either the CLEAPSS website or SSERC website for up to date health and safety information when planning practical activities for children.

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