Interdisciplinary Banging on Stuff
What do pickle buckets, fractions, auto parts, Italian terminology, fruit salad, density, listening skills, and tin cans have in common? They’re all essential elements of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Stan Ginn weaves these elements together in the process of teaching groups of youngsters to play polyrhythmic musical compositions on ordinary objects.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom has been developed specifically with Academic Content Standards in mind. Not just music standards, but mathematics and science as well. Abstract concepts are demonstrated in terms of musical phenomena to shed new light on material the students are very likely studying already in the classroom.
Everybody Likes to Bang on Stuff!
Watching someone play music can be a lot of fun, but it’s nothing compared to playing the music yourself. That’s why the main goal of any Chicka Chicka Boom Boom performance is to get the kids involved. Stan quickly gets any size group in the action through clapping and speaking in rhythm using his Fruit Salad Rhythmic System. Before they know it, they’re performing complex polyrhythmic patterns of quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes. Then he brings at least thirty volunteers onstage to put those new rhythmic ideas together into compositions using form and dynamics with an arsenal of buckets, barrels, pipes, and bottles. It’s a lot of noise, and even more fun.