Glencoe Science Level Blue
Most people immediately think of tropical islands when they hear the music of a steel drum.
Steel drums produce a unique sound that is central to Caribbean music and are not simply rhythm instruments.
Read about the history of steel drums and learn when they were invented. Find out how they are made and create your own steel drum model using a metal can.
Use the web sites listed to do your research on steel drums. Obtain a coffee can or similar metal can that can be safely cleaned. Once you've cleaned the can, use a hammer to pound the bottom of the can. Try to create at least two different sized depressions. Can you make them sound different? Use different implements to tap the drum and create your own Calypso music!
1 class period for research, extra time outside class for creating the drum
History of Steel Drums
How Steel Drums are Made
Steel Drum Animation