Crazy ~The Science of Music
A musical exploration of junk with Al Simmons. Juno Award-winner
Al Simmons demonstrates how the various
instruments of a symphony orchestra make music.
The principles of sound
waves, vibrations, resonance, and pitch are clearly explained as
Al plays his bizarre homemade versions of stringed, woodwind, brass and
percussion instruments.He manages to coax music
out of tin cans, soda straws, garden hoses, plastic drink bottles, rulers, coat
hangers, and even a turkey baster. He explains, by way of hilarious
example, the science behind the music and how his crude instruments
are similar to their more expensive counterparts.
During the show, Al sings
audience favourites from his albums The Truck I Bought From Moe, Celery
Stalks At Midnight and Something's Fishy At Camp Wiganishie;
featuring Al's crazy costumes, hats, fish and even a sing along eye
chart. Al teaches students the
importance of recycling and re-using and that they, too, can make
music out of found items - even stuff that is headed for the landfill
site. While homemade instruments may not have the most sophisticated
of sounds, their construction will have the essence of, and be played
using the same principles as the finest most expensive store-bought
Al's performance is an exploration
of his inventions. He demonstrates a variety of his creations, from
a spring-loaded-kitchen-utensil hat to a smokin' smoked salmon, and
talks about the trials and tribulations of being and inventor. What do you do
when your invention fails? Each failure is a step towards success. Al explains
that some of his inventions were accidental or serendipitous, while others were
painstakingly planned out on paper, created as a prototype and then methodically
"Incredible, Al Simmons just taught the entire music and
sound science curriculum in an hour and the students just soaked it
all up." Gerzinus Hoekstra, Ontario Arts Education
"Part music, part science, very entertaining." J.
M. Young School, Eden Manitoba
Wonderful performance...we had a blast! Timber Trace Elementary,
W. Palm Beach Florida
"Delightful and awe-inspiring! Boy, would I love to be
that kind of teacher. All our students (and teachers) were entranced.
It was a blast and educational, too! Lynn Eldridge, Fulton Place Elementary,
WATCH THE "SOUNDS CRAZY" PROMO VIDEO
(WARNING: DON'T show this video to the students. You will spoil the fun of seeing Al's live performance.
SHOW TO STUDENTS:
Al's MUSIC VIDEOS & FIREFIGHTER VIDEOS
as well as his I COLLECT ROCKS one hour movie.
LISTEN TO AND DOWNLOAD:
AL'S SONGS AND LYRICS for free
VIEW THE STUDY GUIDE:
SOUNDS CRAZY BOOKLET ONLINE
PRINT THE STUDY GUIDE:
DOWNLOAD A PDF BOOKLET
When Al performs in concert with a SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA the show length may vary.
An IN SCHOOL solo concert is one hour long and includes a 5 to 10 minute question and answer
period. The show length can be adjusted to fit any school's schedule.
Recommended grades: Kindergarten to Grade 6.
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