Activity: Pitch Perfect 

When it comes to the instruments in the orchestra, it is usually the case that the bigger the instrument the lower the note and the smaller the instrument the higher the note.  The term for how high or low a note is in music is PITCH. 

You may have noticed in the Carnival of the Animals, that the composer Camille Saint-Saëns very cleverly used high notes for most of the small animals (like the fish in the aquarium) and low notes for bigger animals (like the elephant).

Have a look at these instruments and write whether you think their pitch is usually HIGH or LOW.  Answers are included at the bottom of the sheet. 

The double bass has a _______________ pitch.

 The flute has a ____________ pitch.

 The violin has a ______________ pitch.

 The timpani have a ____________ pitch.

 The bassoon has a __________________ pitch.

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Make and Do: Notes from Nature (Grass Whistle)

A grass whistle is quick to make and a fun thing to do to make music when you're outside.  It also sounds rather like a hen or rooster!  All you need is a strong blade of grass, two thumbs and a mouth.

Step 1: Pinch the top of the blade of grass between your two thumbs then stretch it down between the pads of your palms under your thumbs.  Fold the rest of your fingers over, in a loose clasp.

Step 2: Blow into the gap between your thumbs, so the air flows over the grass and it vibrates. You should hear a whistling sound.

Step 3: If you don't hear anything, move the blade of grass a little, make sure it's stretched but not so tight that it breaks, and try again. It might take a bit of practice, but you'll soon get the hang of it!

Music Jokes

What types of songs do planets sing?

- Nep-tunes.

What makes music on your hair?

- A headband.

What type of music are balloons afraid of? 

- Pop music.

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Perfect Pitch Answers: Low / High / High / Low / Low