Teaching Students About Membranophone
Membranophone is the term given to a class of musical instruments that produce sound through the vibration of a stretched membrane or skin. This class of instruments includes drums, tambourines, and many other percussion instruments that are commonly used in various genres of music worldwide. Therefore it is important to teach students about membranophones and their role in music.
Teaching students about membranophone instruments can be an exciting learning experience. Before delving into the technicalities of the instrument, a brief history of the instrument and its significance in various cultures is a good start. The students can learn about the origins of the instrument, such as how some cultures have been using drums for communication, music, or cultural events. Some cultures have drums that are used for ceremonial purposes only, which show the importance of the instrument in that specific culture.
The parts of the membranophone should also be discussed, including the shell, the membrane, the head, the rim, the lugs, and the rope or wire. Students can learn that different materials used in making the drum can produce different sounds, and that the sound’s produced tone has to do with the drum’s shape, size, and acoustic properties. For instance, some drums may have deeper bass sounds, while others may have brighter tones.
Additionally, teaching students about the different playing techniques various cultures use when playing membranophones will broaden their understanding of the instrument. For example, the African djembe drum has three basic sounds; bass, open tone, and slap. Taiko drums from Japan are played with two sticks, and the player can produce various sounds, including a low tone, high tone, and rolling.
Finally, allowing students to experience various membranophone instruments will enable them to understand the instrument better. Students can try playing the drums and percussion instruments to help them learn how to control sound, rhythm, and timbre. They can also experiment with different techniques to produce various playing styles.
In conclusion, teaching students about membranophone instruments can be an enjoyable and engaging experience, especially if taught creatively and actively. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the cultural and musical significance of the instrument and develop essential skills in sound and rhythm production. With this knowledge, students can appreciate and enjoy the music better, and who knows, they may even be inspired to become the next great drummer or percussionist.