David the Music Man
The most memorable day last week was when David the Music Man came to visit with his crazy hat and wonderful sense of humour.
David's shows are of approximately an hour's duration and involve the children participating in singing, dancing, clapping and playing some of the simpler instruments. In each programme David uses about twenty instruments from the following list:
Anglo Concertina, Appalachian Dulcimer, Accordion, Banjo, Bodhran, Bouzouki, Churango, Clapping Sticks, Clarinet, Darabuka, Djembe, Euphonium, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Kazoo, Keyboards, Mandolin, Maracas, Mbira, Peepah, Rainstick, Recorder, Saxaphone, Tambourine, Tuned Steel Drum, Tin Whistle, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Violin and of course voice.
David incorporated a lot of songs we already know but changed some of the lyrics with a rather cheeky twist, the children really responded to the good humour and light heartedness of it all. He also showed us some instruments he had made himself using a range of tools/materials from home e.g. he played the edge of a large saw using a bow and a trumpet made from a hose and funnel. The children thought it was very clever and wondered about other materials we could use to make instruments in the classroom.
In the show David talks about the instruments, how they work, their history, their culture and plays examples of their traditional music. We have looked at a range of instruments at group time which has enhanced our music knowledge and introduced us to new sounds. We have started to use instruments to accompany stories and have been dancing on the veranda to Abba! Which we all enjoy….
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona