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Second Graders Build Musical Instruments out of Recycled Materials with Musician David Fenster

May 21, 2014 by Ari B (’20) (Students) Avital P (’20) (Students) Eitan N (’20) (Students) Eli H (’20) (Students) Gabri K (’20) (Students) JuJu J (’20) (Students) Lilli L (’20) (Students) Miriam G (’20) (Students) Samuel H (’20) (Students) Shoshana L (’20) (Students)

Did you know that there are many ways to make music from recycled cans? The second grade at JPDS-NC learned from an Israeli percussionist named David Fenster that music is everywhere, even in your body. He showed us how music comes from our heartbeat and our feet, as well as fruits, nuts, a bow and arrow, keys, and so much more. In addition to drumming with him, each second grader built their own “sound cup” out of a recycled can and string. When wet, you slide your fingers down the string and a loud noise comes out.

If you want to build your own “sound cup” at home, just follow these simple instructions. First, find an empty can. Then, ask an adult to make a hole in the bottom using a nail. Next, put a long piece of string through the hole. Double the string and tie a knot. After that, ask someone to help you separate the string into three stands. Straighten each of the strings without letting go. Finally, put the whole thing in water and make some music!