Xylophone

Open School Music Karate Resources

New this year, students in 5 of the 8 clusters at Open School have the opportunity to participate in Music Karate!   To learn more, click below to download the Music Karate Introduction for Parents: Tools for Home Practice Instruments, Apps, & Papers Recommended Beginner Instruments Recorders Glockenspiels / Xylophones (Keyboard Percussion) Ukuleles Free Apps […]

Free Xylophone / Glockenspiel App to Practice Without an Instrument

At Open School this year, Red, Silver and Yellow clusters are learning the keyboard percussion! Learning any instrument takes hard work. And, I would love for all of my students to have the opportunity to practice at home. While there are several great glockenspiels that are available for just $25-$40, even the cheapest keyboard percussion instrument […]

Best Glockenspiels for Beginner Home Practice

This year at Open School, Red and Silver Clusters are learning basic keyboard percussion, mostly on glockenspiels. And, Yellow Cluster is learning more advanced percussion on glockenspiels, xylophones, metallophones, bass bars, hand drums, and other percussion instruments. Students are not in any way required to have a mallet percussion instrument for home practice. However, students […]

Live Looping Fun with Percussion and a Single Ukulele

For the first week of music class this year, I chose two great videos to share with the classes as motivation for the coming year. Both videos involved a concept called “live looping”, which involves the use of a electronic pedal or a computer to produce a loop or repetition of a sound. Live looping […]

Honoka & Azita | An Incredible Ukulele Duo

Starting the week of September 12th, I will be announcing our third and final topic of the year, “Playing Music”. Students will be introduced to the instruments they will be playing with their cluster. Red & Silver clusters will be playing beginner level mallet percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones). Indigo & Orange clusters will […]

Introduction Ukuleles, Recorders, & Mallet Percussion

Starting the week of September 12th, I will be announcing our third and final topic of the year, “Playing Music”. Students will be introduced to the instruments they will be playing with their cluster. Red & Silver clusters will be playing beginner level mallet percussion instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels, and metallophones). Indigo & Orange clusters will […]

free scale exercise for any instrument

Here is a fun, simple scale exercise that is perfect for any level of player. (Note that I didn’t use the words ‘beginner’ or ‘easy’, as this sort of exercise can be good practice for even the most advanced players! Just try playing it really fast.) This sort of exercise is great to help you […]