Thumb Pianos – Art/Music/Classroom Collaboration

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In connection with their studies of Kenya, second graders are making musical instruments, called thumb pianos or mbiras, during a collaboration period in art.  The mbira is a plucked idiophone, which means it makes sound by vibrating.  The mbira or thumb piano, is played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs. 

In class, second graders sanded their base, designed a pattern for the edge of their thumb pianos, and helped screw the dowels in place.  Many thanks to Mrs. Tulp, Mrs. Tsacoyeanes, and Mrs. Crumlish, and the parent volunteers for making time for this collaboration.

Second graders will use some of their thumb pianos during their March All School Meeting performance.

 

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