Glass Half Full Glockenspiel


Happy Top 10 Tuesday after MLK Day, blog readers!  Martin Luther King Jr. was an optimist, so I thought today would be a great day to use a “glass half full” concept.  Today, we will be making a glass half full-inspired glockenspiel that would be a great activity to do with any age group.  For this activity, you will need the following.

–8 water glasses made out of glass

–Running tap water accessibility

–A spoon

–A glockenspiel.  Here is a picture of my favorite one made by a company called Basic Beat.


It is available for purchase through  Click HERE to check it out.

The Activity

Line up the water glasses and have your child pour different amounts of water in each one of them.  Arrange them in a descending pattern just as the glockenspiel is arranged from lowest note to highest note.  (The more water in the glass, the lower the note or tone will be.)  Here’s  a picture of what it should look like:


Have your child tap each glass with a spoon to listen to what each tone sounds like.  Now take out the glockenspiel.  As your child listens to the tones that they’ve made from the glasses of water, see if any of the tones are the same on the glockenspiel.  See if you can tell what note on the scale you have created.

Now, empty the water from the glasses.  Play a note on the glockenspiel and see if you can fill your glass with the exact amount of water to make the same tone coming from the note you played.  Try to match the scale on the glockenspiel to the water in the water glasses.

I hope you have all enjoyed today’s Top 10 Tuesday music activity.  For a complete list of Top 10 instruments under $40 that will help promote music education in the home, click HERE.  Please help me spread music education to all children regardless of public school budgets and cuts in music programs by passing along my blogs to all you think could use it.  See you next Tuesday with another fun-filled music activity.  Until then, play on!


3 responses »

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  2. Great idea for a post, Tucson Songstress! I like the idea of using the glockenspiel to get the pitches for the water glasses. Another possibility (for those households with guitarists who might own a tuner) is to use an automatic tuner. But I think the glock idea is far more fun (and a good aural exercise in the process). Happy singing to you!

    • So glad you liked the activity. A guitar tuner would certainly be a good alternative, but I like the idea of children visually seeing the keys of the glockenspiel. Thanks for the comment and for reading my blog.

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