Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Percussion Instruments topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Music Night

Each night for a month, listen to a different genre of music. You can scan the radio or stream music on the Internet. If possible, explore music from other cultures. Tap your feet along to the beat and compare the music. Which music seems happier and more exciting? Why? Have your child take notes and describe the music as he or she listens.


Explain to your child that some people have traditionally used drums to communicate information. For example, in West Africa, people have drummed messages and warnings to nearby communities. During the American Revolution, musicians drummed orders that could be heard over the battlefield. Together come up with a musical “language” to share. You may want to set up pots and pans to tap out messages that can be heard through your home. For example, you may want to create a drumbeat to signal dinnertime or a time to do homework. Be creative with the drumbeats!