Black Spiders Lesson 14

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Next week is NO CLASS in honor of Thanksgiving. The following week is our last class of the semester and is instrument day! If you have any instrument you’d like to share in class, please bring it. We’d love to hear, see, and maybe touch it if possible. We will have a special treat too.

Believe it or not, classes for next semester are filling up. The popular times are always the first to go. If you have a request for a different time, I can try to make that happen, or I can find a wonderful teacher who already has a class that time. Go to for more information on how to register. Please let me know if you have any questions. I would be extremely grateful if you’d share with your family and friends that they can begin registering Dec. 1st.

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The timpani is an important, if lesser known, part of the orchestra. It’s possible you’ve never seen them because the percussion section sits behind other instruments–that’s too bad, because they are a fascinating part of the drum family! The timpani is actually a pitched percussion instrument, so if you adjust the tightness of the head, you can control the note the drum will play, which means these drums need to be tuned just as many other instruments do. A timpanist will generally perform with four or five drums tuned to different pitches placed together.

Fun fact: Professional timpanists make their own sticks so they can produce the exact quality of sound they desire!

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Optional home fun activity: Do the Instrument Day activity on page 18 in your workbook
(Remember, these activities are optional but can be a great bonding experience to do with your child during the week.)

For my convenience, I have preloaded content for the whole semester. I will update each future post with specific time-sensitive info before I send the link each week. If you choose to read ahead you might see details that don’t apply to your child’s class. For this reason I do not recommend reading ahead. Thank you!