Need ideas for easy and fun at-home music learning? Here's our daily Classical Kids Music Lesson, featuring music by Mahler.
1. The crash cymbals are one of many percussion instruments. They are often used to mark very exciting moments in music. Read a little bit about them and look at a really good picture here.
2. Listen to the first 30 seconds of the first movement of Mahler's Fifth Symphony.
LISTEN Symphony No. 5: Trauermarsch
It starts with a trumpet solo, but pretty soon you will hear a very dramatic CRASH.
3. Look around and see what you can find to make your own cymbals. Here are a few ideas:
• Two lids from pots (get permission if you are doing this on your own)
• Two paper plates covered in tin foil. Punch two holes in each plate and thread a rag or strip of fabric through to make cymbal straps.
• Garbage can lids (if they are clean!)
4. With your new cymbals, listen to the Mahler Symphony again, and see if you can come in with the cymbal crash. (It's around 20 seconds in, but LISTEN to hear it.)
5. You might have to try a few times to get it -- musicians need to practice. Musicians also need to use a lot of control to wait and wait, and then play.
6. Watch a professional, and watch him talk about why he loves the cymbals! Here's Brian Mount from the Minnesota Orchestra:
8. Share a picture of your homemade cymbals. If you share it on Twitter or Instagram, use the hashtag #classical15 and you may see it appear on our Classical15 website!
Have a question or suggestion? Contact Katie Condon, music education specialist.