DIY: Music at Home

By Meryl Brown MM, MT-BC, DT

August 31, 2011

I’m originally from the East Coast and one of the things I miss most about living there is the sound of the ocean.  While we didn’t spend every day there, we were frequent beach goers and the sounds of the ocean usually meant that spring/summer was here (even though waves happen all year, its just too cold to go in winter).  As we head into Fall here in Central Illinois, I would like to share with you a great way to keep the beach and summer here with you all year... musically!  Here are the instructions for your very own OCEAN DRUM!

What you need:
1. Two Clear/or see through colored Plastic Plates
2. Beads, rice or beans
3. glue gun and glue
What you do:
1. Take one plate, right side up and pour about 3/4 cup worth of your beans, rice or beads.
2. Glue around the entire edge of the plate
3. Place other plate, right side down, on top and press together.

Ideas for how to use it:
1. Create an “ocean” space in your living room and spend a day at the beach.
2. Create an ocean soundscape with the sounds of the Ocean Drum, seaguls, and a light breeze.

Done!  It’s that simple! 

Meryl Brown is a Board Certified Music Therapist, Developmental Specialist, founder of Developing Melodies, and a Mom here in Central Illinois.  Check out her Developing Melodies blog by clicking here.