For year 1 of the project Jamie Topper was the teaching artist. Jamie is a percussionist specializing in Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern rhythmic traditions and initiated year one of the project.
Ms.Susan Bohman is a 4th grade teacher. She requested that we integrate Science with Music for her students’ participation in the CAPE PDP project. The 4th graders had just completed a unit on the Physics of Sound, so we decided to activate that content.
The students were challenged by following multi-step directions, keeping a record of their process, in order, and distinguishing inferences from evidence. We made a connection between inferring from something you read, and inferring information about an instrument based on its sound.