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Recycling Sounds Good

Joshua Karman, Chloe Whitesell, Xzavier Ivery, Cory Whitaker, Zachary Bevelheimer, Aislinn Blackwell, Lilly Shephard, Madison Hardy, Raeann Starnes, Allison Grigg and Stephen Holtan make music with their recycled instruments

Waxhaw Elementary School students are learning that recycling can be fun. In Jeremy Ryder’s music class, the students have learned how to take everyday objects we normally might throw away and turn them into musical instruments.

“One of the easiest instruments to make is probably the shaker. All you need is a plastic or glass container with a lid. When you add something small to it, like dried rice, corn kernels, dried beans or even small pebbles, you’ve got a shaker,” Jeremy Ryder tells the class.
Students were then given the assignment to go home and make an instrument out of stuff they might normally throw away. First grader, Rhiannon ,shared, “I took three toilet paper roll tubes and put them together with tape and added some rubber bands to make a guitar.”
Stefon, a 1st grader, said, “I took a soda can and put a piece of deer skin on it that I got from my friend, and held it on with a rubber band. I then got a couple sticks from my yard and I had a drum.”
Jeremy Ryder adds, “I’m just excited to see how resourceful the students can be when they put their minds to it. Instead of making waste, my students are making music.”
Recycling Facts: A typical family consumes 182 gallons of soda, 29 gallons of juice, 104 gallons of milk, and 26 gallons of bottled water a year.

Written by: Jeremy Ryder
Posted: May 03, 2011 by Kimberly Thomas

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