Music KS3: Using everyday objects to create music

A group of children work with musical group ‘Trash’ to compose a piece of music using only rubbish and recycled objects.

Firstly, they visit a recycling centre where they identify what is safe to use, as well as what might make an interesting instrument.

They then experiment with a variety of different objects and discover what interesting sounds can be produced.

Finally, they return to their classroom to begin developing the sounds, playing together and coming up with simple melodies and rhythms.

This is from the series: Compose Yourself

Teacher Notes

Groups of children could follow the steps demonstrated by the children in the clip to create their own piece of music.

The group can pick their own ‘word family’ to base their piece on or it may be more appropriate to have one picked for them, perhaps relating to a current classroom project.

To develop the music further the group could try getting different players to drop out for a short time so that the character of the pattern changes, extend the pattern to repeat every eight beats, rather than four, and add further layers using percussion instruments, additional voices or other ‘layers’.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Music at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Also 2nd and 3rd level in Scotland.

More from the series: Compose Yourself

Composing a piece of music using unpitched percussion
Composing a silent film soundtrack
Finding sounds around you to create music
Taking inspiration from your surroundings to compose music