Fidget spinners are/were quite the craze, although they do seem to have calmed down a bit. Love 'em or hate 'em, they were all over the place for awhile! Just take a look at YouTube for hauls, DIYs, and even tricks. So, of course I decided to put a musical spin (see what I did there?) on the idea.
Assign this as a homework project for your students, or have one in your pre-/post-lesson activity area or lending area. Use this as an opportunity to review quarter note duration, or even to introduce quarter note duration in different meters.
One important note: make sure your students know to be responsible and respectful with how/when they play with it!
Watch the video below, or read the written instructions below to see how you can make one!
printable pattern (you might want to make it a little smaller)
oven bake clay (something like Sculpey) & oven
knife (be careful!)
clay glaze (or glue or Mod Podge)
1) Roll out clay & cut around template (you might want to make the template a little smaller), then smooth edges.
2) Bake according to package instructions, making sure clay is in shape before baking.
3) Allow clay to cool, then coat a section at a time with glaze or glue & cover with sand and/or glitter. Repeat as needed, with a final coat of glaze or glue to seal. Let dry between coats.
4) Trim the skewer so that some sticks out on each side. You might have to trim it down again (mine is a little too long in the video). Glue a gem to one end & allow to dry.
5) Glue a gem to each note head to add weight.
6) Once the glue has dried, place the skewer through the middle of the clay & glue the other stone on the other side of the skewer.
7) Allow it to dry, then spin!
There you have it! What are your thoughts on fidget spinners? Be sure to show me your musical version with #Fischarper!
Fischer Studio of Music recently had our 2017 Spring Recital at an assisted living facility. We had a small group of performers again this time, but they did a great job! We even had a guest performer! A former student played saxophone, and it was a nice touch for both the residents and the students. A wonderful friend kindly took pictures at the recital and my mom made cute shell musicians to give the performers.
Did you have a studio recital? Do you have guest performers?
Check out more recital posts in the archives.
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DIY music gifts, DIY harp gift wrap, and now DIY harp string gift bows?! You are so ready for your favorite harp player's birthday! This is a fairly easy project, but is so personalized. It's also another way to upcycle those used strings.
Used harp strings - not all of them hold the twisty shape; gut seemed to work best, but you might have to have a little trial and error
Paper for the base (I used excess from this wrapping)
Small pliers and wire cutters
Small hole punch (or pin)
Cut a piece from your base about 3x longer and 2x wider than you want the finished base. Fold in half longways and in thirds the other way.
Unfold and punch holes for your desired number of strings. I originally made 12, but changed to 9. Use the tiny hole punch for this, not the pliers. If you don't have a tiny hole punch, you can try using a pin.
Start twisting the string with the pliers, making a corkscrew.
Keep twisting. Curl the entire piece of string, and repeat for the remaining.
Insert a string into one of the holes.
Make sure a little is sticking out on the back.
Do this for all the holes you made.
The back should look like this. It might be a little tricky, especially if your strings are quite a bit smaller than the holes. Just keep working at it, and take a break if it gets too frustrating. :)
Blob some glue on the string ends...on the back.
Tape and trim the sides and bottom of the bow base.
Admire your work and attach it to a gift! You could use this harp wrapping paper, this music gift tag, and/or this music gift box. While you're at it, think about adding one of these diy gifts!
Did you make this? Be sure to show me on social media! Tag me and/or use #Fischarper.
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