Project Description

Students will learn about one of the oldest wind instruments used by the native people of the Andes Mountains, the zampoña.  Students examine zampoñas made of clay, copper, gold, bamboo, and condor feathers.  Students will craft and decorate their own zampoña out of plastic pipe. Students will learn how to play a traditional melody on their zampoña.

Final Product

Students will create their own zampoña to take home and this residency will culminate in an informal student recital.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the physics of how sound comes out of the pipe.
  • Students will learn about the history of the zampoña and its origins in Peru.
  • Students will learn how to play their new instrument.

Suggested Grades

  • Appropriate for all grade levels.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 sessions at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1 hour per residency
  • Materials:  $8.50 per student
  • Travel from Portland

Why I teach Art:

After touring for 6 years, I realized that I wanted to share what I have learned throughout my musical journey. I decided to stop touring and start teaching in schools. This decision was my biggest accomplishment in my musical career. I have been teaching in schools for over 25 years. 

-Gerardo Calderon

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