How would you define music, “Any sound that is pleasant to the ear”? Really? Let us take the key words which are sound and pleasant. Is silence also part of music? If yes why do we define music by only the sound we hear? Also consider the use of pleasant in this context….. Someone may ask “pleasant to whose ears? This seems relative because what is pleasant might differ depending on who is listening. Hmmmm, thus that means anything whether sound or silence can be considered musical? Can anyone perform music? Can any material be used to make music? Do you even need only tangible objects to make music? What is the difference between Music and Noise?
These and many more questions are what the Grade 7 music students of TIS seek to inquire. Currently the class is working on stomp music. Stomp was created by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell in Brighton, United Kingdom in 1991. It employs a variety of everyday objects as percussion instruments for its performance. Between 1991 and 1994, the original cast of Stomp played to capacity audiences around the world. This is an indication that stomp music is well appreciated by audiences across the globe. Students are exploring different ways of making music using the unconventional objects other than the conventional musical instruments such as piano, guitar, violin, trumpet etc. Already a lot of creativity and innovation is happening as students in their various groups explore different objects to create their own stomp music.
Just watch out for the main performance!!!