Editor’s note: Periodically, we’ll use this space for teachers and school officials to highlight things going on in and outside the classroom. This week, we hear from Waxhaw Elementary music teacher Jeremy Ryder.
Waxhaw Elementary School students are learning recycling can be fun. In music class, the students have learned how to take everyday objects we normally might throw away and turn them into musical instruments.
A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk and 26 gallons of bottled water a year.
Students were given the assignment to go home and make an instrument out of stuff they might normally throw away. One of the easiest instruments to make is probably the shaker. All you need is a plastic or glass container with a lid. When you add something small to it, like dried rice, corn kernels, dried beans or even small pebbles, you’ve got a shaker.
“I took three toilet paper roll tubes and put them together with tape and added some rubber bands to make a guitar,” First grader Rhiannon told the class.
Stefon, another first grader said, “I took a soda can and put a piece of deer skin on it that I got from my friend, and held it on with a rubber band. I then got a couple sticks from my yard and I had a drum.”
I’m just excited to see how resourceful the students can be when they put their minds to it. Instead of making waste, my students are making music.