6 STOMP-inspired ideas for music classes

stomp live STOMP Live! DVD is now available. If you loved STOMP’s incredibly popular first DVD, STOMP Out Loud,  then you must see the exciting sequel to the internationally acclaimed  Broadway, London, and Las Vegas show.. It is a live theatrical production from London’s Brighton Dome,  and has immense appeal for all ages. Enjoy bonus features, including an interview with Stomp creators, Stomp tour previews, behind-the-scenes footage, history of Stomp, and performer bios.

One of my favorite segments is a call and response boomwhackersimprovisation between a STOMP cast member and the audience. What fun, and what a good time to remember that music can be made (a la STOMP) with found sounds, trash, sticks, brooms, buckets, tubes (precursor to Boomwhackers?) and more. In a time of economic budget tightening, this is a reminder that we can make music with the simplest of materials plus a little imagination and the courage to improvise.

6 Stomp-inspired ideas for Music Classes:

stompers1. Kids can create their own Stomp-like performances in the classroom. Stompers for kids offer the fun of stilts, along with the percussive possibilities of foot or hand drums!

2. If you are a Stomp fan, then don’t miss the zany musical precursor to Stomp and found sound music: The Spike Jones Story DVD . Kids will love Spike Jones and his City Slickers, who led the way in musical inventiveness in the 50’s with their experimental, comedic  found sound performances on their popular TV show.

3. If your music class would like to try their own hand at found sound performances, find lots of ideas in Stomp, Boom, Blast! book and CD. Besides the program ideas and orchestrated found sound performance pieces such as “Pencil’-vania Polka, Clean Sweep, Sonata for 7 Rulers, and Bubble Wrap Rap, kids also learn about layering, timbre, dynamics, rhythm, and more. The CD provides accompaniments to the pieces in a variety of styles,  along with special sound effects.

4. Just Jams: A World of Rhythms for Drums, Pitched Percussion & More by Mark Burrows is an introduction to rhythms from around the globe, with 29 “jams” for Orff instruments, bookwhackers, and found sounds, plus an accompanying CD.

RUBBER-BAND BANJOS AND A JAVA JIVE BASS5. Rubber Band Banjos & a Java Jive Bass: Projects and Activities on the Science of Music & Sounds.  Explore the science of sounds and create your own instruments!

6. Play found sound games in 101 Music Games and 101 More Music Games.

So find your own found sounds, and enjoy making music like STOMP. After all, music started with sticks and stones. Found sound music is not only a good prescription for music making in a budget crunch, but a wonderful way to open kids’ ears and imaginations and to develop solid musical skills.

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