Package 5 - Instrumental Craft and Design Project
Material Objectives: To have the pupils make a simple woodwind instrument (small flute) from cheaply-available everyday materials, alongside an understanding of how it works. Also, to learn to play simple traditional tunes and tunes of their choice on it, both solo and ensemble. Minimum outcomes should be that every pupil ends up with their own self-made piccolo flute and is able to sound it in a musical fashion and play a scale and a simple tune.
- Basic acoustics/physics, sound production and manipulation – interactive experimental exploration/demonstration of theory as applied to making a working instrument;
- Manual/craft skills – use of tools, safety, designing, planning and executing production of an instrument, measuring/arithmetical skills, motor and visual skills, self-assessment and quality control;
- Musical skills – listening, appreciation of pitch and tuning a note, appreciation of melody, making, controlling and organizing sound from an instrument, memorization, performance (ensemble & solo), exploring simple music notation (ABC and standard staff) as a means to record and cue musical performance, motor and co-ordination skills;
- English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh culture – learning traditional folk tunes, if possible some with local connections, and the place and function of music in society past and present.
The course self-evidently hits many curriculum targets in a cross-curricular way, and in particular goes towards meeting some of the new cultural education plan requirements as well as incorporating applied mathematics, science, design and music.