Videos on Music and Arts Integration
connecting music to language arts/social studies, math and science

Welcome to my page featuring videos for the classroom or at home. Each video combines fun and creative ways to blend music, cultural content, core curriculum, and engaging hands-on activities.  You'll see them organized by curriculum areas: Language Arts/Social Studies, Math, and Science. I hope you enjoy!

Language Arts/Social Studies

How the Elephant Got Its Trunk
– reading comprehension strategies –

Phil retells the classic tale, "How the Elephant Got Its Trunk" - complete with music, interactive drumming, reading comprehension strategies, and think-aloud games.

 

Morse Code Music (Drumming Activity)
patterns, alphabet, and communication –

Phil makes music with Morse Code. You'll visit the Voyager spacecraft and experience images and languages on NASA's Golden Record. You'll also make a homemade musical instrument and join Phil in playing his Morse Code Mambo song!

 

Drum Language of the Congo (Drumming Activity)
tonal languages, context clues, and communication –

Students learn about drum language from the Congo, and sing and play along with Phil using a homemade drum. Following this activity, students are encouraged to visit Phil's follow up resource at: http://www.philtulga.com/Talking with Drums.html
 

 

Music of Mesoamerica (Drumming Activity)
geography, history, syllables, and pie fractions –

Students learn about some of the cultures that made up the Aztec and Mayan empires. They also learn about the musical instruments they played and the songs they sang. After that, they make their own homemade shakers and join together for an exciting concert of Aztec rhythms and indigenous melodies from ancient Mexico!
 

 

Sound Effects Stories
sequence, inference, and prediction –

Phil tells stories without words, just sound effects. As students listen to thunderstorms, barking dogs, and race cars, they learn to connect their knowledge of sequence, inference, and prediction, to the sounds in their world! Follow up activity on Inference Riddles: http://www.philtulga.com/Riddles.html
 

 

Drum Language in Ghanaian Schools
tonal languages, cultural studies, and communication –

Phil shows how schools in Ghana incorporate drum language into their school day. See YouTube video description for follow up resources. Following this activity, students are encouraged to visit Phil's follow up resource at: http://www.philtulga.com/Drum Language.html
 

 

Math

The Pi Song based on the C Major Scale
patterns, geometry, and ratios –

Phil shows students a fun way to remember the first 31 digits of Pi!

 

My Five Favorite Fractions
fractions of length, multicultural music, and the pentatonic scale –

Join Phil on an entertaining musical journey around the globe. He shows your students how cultures play and sing the same pitches (or fractions of length) all over the world. Along the way, they also hear instruments and songs from Indonesia, China, Ghana, Mexico, and the Caribbean..
 

 

Making Music with Geometric Shapes (Drumming Activity)
geometric shapes, spatial reasoning, and origami –

Phil demonstrates some of his favorite geometric-shaped instruments, and then shows how to fold those shapes into an origami popper. After that, we all play a song with our poppers!
 

 

Making and Playing a Water Bottle Xylophone
measuring liquid volume  –

Phil explains how to make a water bottle xylophone in his Homemade Music presentation. He also plays one of his favorite songs from the Caribbean, Jamaica Farewell. See YouTube video description for follow up resources.
 

 

Playing Fraction Pies (part 1 of 3)
pie fractions and musical notes –

Phil shows how musical notes are measured in time, and lays the foundation for constructing rhythms.
 

 

Playing Fraction Pies (part 2 of 3)
clapping mariachi rhythms –

Phil builds two Mariachi rhythms (Son Jaliscience and Son Jarocho) and then plays music from modern day Mexico using fraction pies.
 

 

Playing Fraction Pies (part 3 of 3)
playing Aztec rhythms with pie fractions –

Phil guides the students in an activity featuring rhythms and songs from ancient Mexico. The rhythms are from the 16-century document, Cantares Mexicanos, and use Aztec Drum Syllables written in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Link: http://philtulga.com/Aztec Music.html.
 

 

Science

Calm Breathing with Music
brain science, mindfulness, and movement –

Phil guides your students in a calm breathing exercise with music and movement that can be done sitting or standing. It's based on the popular 4-7-8 model, and is the perfect warm-up before visualizing stories and problem solving. This activity is part of Phil's Moving in Rhythm presentation for elementary schools.

 

Energized Breathing with Music
brain science, mindfulness, and movement –

Phil guides your students in an energized breathing exercise with music and movement. It's the perfect activity to wake up the body and mind, when we want to be thinking and alert, learning new material, and applying our memory skills. This activity is part of Phil's Moving in Rhythm presentation for elementary schools.

 

Sound Experiments with Frequency
musical pitch, vibrating length, and frequency –

Phil shows how we measure Frequency in Hertz (Hz) using a yardstick, a trombone, the Bebot Robot Synth, and his voice using the iOS app, GarageBand.
 

 

Sound Experiments with Decibels
energy, waves, sound volume, and technology tools –

Phil explains how we use decibels (dB) to measure the volume of sounds. Then, he shows how to use a smart phone to play the game, What's Louder, by comparing the decibel rating of familiar sounds in our world.
 

 

How to Make a Straw Oboe / Duck Quacker/ Duck Call
making homemade instruments with length and pitch –

Phil shows how to make a Straw Oboe using a plastic drinking straw. He also shows how to play it like a Duck Call or Duck Quacker!
 

 

Blowing out a Candle with a Sound Cannon
Sound travels through the air in waves –

Yes, you can blow out a candle using sound waves. This fun little routine is from my Math, Science & Technology presentation. Special thank you to Doris Sterling (teacher) for playing along!
 

 

 

 

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