Makey Makey Musical Water Lesson Plan
By Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves
Appropriate for grade levels ES to HS (with adaptations)
Using Audacity(or a web application), students can record their own voice or instrument and make a wav or mp3 file. The students will connect those wav/mp3 files to keys on the computer utilizing Soundplant. Lastly, the Makey Makey will allow students to play the parts they've recorded by linking the water to the keys on the computer keyboard.
Musical lesson ideas that will work with this concept:
After teaching the musical theory concept you want to cover, get your kids excited about the musical possibilities with Makey Makey by watching this video.
Introduce key mapping concept with software Soundplant
View this tutorial to see how easy it is to connect student mp3s to specific keys on the computer.
Choose keys and upload wav files or drag and drop wav files to desired keys.
Connect ports on Makey Makey to match keys programmed with Soundplant.
Connect Wires to Water
Create a Ground
Play Musical Water
Note on Standards
These lessons were developed with the idea that teachers all over the globe and a variety of grade levels could hack the lesson plan to meet their students' needs. Therefore, these are just some of the standards the lessons are based on, and not an all-inclusive list. Many of the CCSS align by grade level, so if you teach 9th grade, you could find the stair-stepped standard for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 by looking at CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
MU:Cr1.1.6: Generate simple rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic phrases within AB and ABA forms that convey expressive intent.
Music - Composition and Theory Strand: Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
MU:Cr2.1.C.Ia: Assemble and organize sounds or short musical ideas to create initial expressions of selected experiences, moods, images, or storylines.
MU:Cr3.2.C.IIa: Share music through the use of notation, solo or group performance, or technology, and demonstrate and describe how the elements of music and compositional techniques have been employed to realize expressive intent.
MU:Pr4.1.C.IIa: Identify and select specific passages, sections, or movements in musical works that express personal experiences and interests, moods, visual images, concepts, texts, or storylines in simple forms (such as binary , ternary , rondo ) or moderately complex forms.
MU:Cr1.1.T.IIIa: Generate melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic ideas for compositions and improvisations that incorporate digital tools, resources, and systems.
MU:Cr2.1.T.IIIa: Select, develop, and organize multiple melodic, rhythmic and harmonic ideas to develop into a larger work that exhibits unity, variety, complexity, and coherence using digital and analog tools, resources, and systems.
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