hEAR DROPS #13: RULE THE RULER

In hEAR DROPS #13, you get to work with an everyday object that houses a lot of surprising sounds: the ruler.

An action you might perform every day can still inspire the creation of music. A simple object in your daily environment can be used to make sounds. If you keep repeating one sound, you already have a musical sequence. And just wait: after a while, everyone around you will spontaneously start playing along.

hEAR DROPS #13 ‘Rule the Ruler’, explores the musical possibilities of a simple ruler. You will be surprised how many different sounds you can make: make the ruler vibrate against the table, slide it back and forth, use a rubber band as a guitar string… the possibilities are endless. And everyone in the classroom has the same ruler, so soon you will be performing together as a ‘ruler orchestra’!

Every hEAR DROPS is accompanied by an ‘Artlink’ to a well-known work of art or artist. This time it is M.C. Escher, the master of geometric illusions.

  • hEAR DROPS

    hEAR DROPS

    An online series of non-verbal, animated cartoons for an audience of children, parents and teachers. Each video contains playful ideas on sound and music that invite subtle sensory interaction. All exercises are extensivelytested in Musica’s practice sessions. Each episode is accompanied by an artlink that refers to the broad world of the arts. You can …

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  • hEAR DROPS #17: Cradle (of) Art

    hEAR DROPS #17: Cradle (of) Art

    The new hEAR DROPS video Cradle (of) Art focuses on parent-infant interaction. Connecting with newborn babies is all about musicality. Playing with our voice, gestures and mimicry, the baby and the infant-caregiver communicate the most important aspects of life – namely belonging and relations. The melody of our voice, the pulse and rhythm, the dynamic …

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  • hEAR DROPS #16: Dronotonous

    hEAR DROPS #16: Dronotonous

    The new hEAR DROPS video Dronotonous focuses on the sound of drones. A drone is no more than a long-held tone. You can find these even in everyday life. Some drones are rich enough to listen to in a bit more detail. Just give them a little attention. Play with their timbre, volume, duration or …

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  • hEAR DROPS #15: Ears on the Ball

    hEAR DROPS #15: Ears on the Ball

    The new hEAR DROPS video Ears on the Ball focuses on motor skills and agility. Ball sports are all about these two physical abilities. In fact, it is no different in music. Balls and rhythms are ubiquitous, so why not combine the two? Making music with a ball requires some alertness and hand-ear coordination. With …

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  • hEAR DROPS #14: BLOOMING DITTY

    hEAR DROPS #14: BLOOMING DITTY

    hEAR DROPS #14 revisits what can be considered the most universal tonal sequence in existence: pentatonics. Only five tones are needed to make a melody. You’ve probably already done it yourself, without realizing it! A pentatonic melody is created when you play only the black keys of a piano. It doesn’t even matter in which …

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  • hEAR DROPS #13: RULE THE RULER

    hEAR DROPS #13: RULE THE RULER

    In hEAR DROPS #13, you get to work with an everyday object that houses a lot of surprising sounds: the ruler. An action you might perform every day can still inspire the creation of music. A simple object in your daily environment can be used to make sounds. If you keep repeating one sound, you …

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  • hEAR DROPS #12: CITY LAYERS

    hEAR DROPS #12: CITY LAYERS

    The 12th episode of our educational animation series hEAR DROPS makes you stop and listen to the many layers of sound that you encounter in a city every day. Each city is a rich soundscape brimming with life. You are invited to listen carefully. Often you don’t even notice how many sounds you hear all …

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  • The new hEAR DROPS video: Paperwork

    The new hEAR DROPS video: Paperwork

    Paperwork is boring? Musica doesn’t think so! Our new hEAR DROPS video #11 transforms ‘Paperwork’ into a game with paper. Paper is a rich material for producing all kinds of sound. You can experiment with different types of paper, or different ways of making sounds with them: creasing, ripping, rubbing and rustling. Evolve from playing …

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