The Sweet Sounds of Science 

(for teachers, students, poets, musicians, dancers, and scientists)

Inspired by Birds Across Borders.

 

Belize Teacher Professional Learning

"Arts & Sciences Collaborate to Save a Bird"

 

Date: July 9, 2021 

Time: 1:00 - 1:45 pm MST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Campbell-Smith illustrated this after a March 2020 Sweet Sounds of Science session. 

" These SE Asian hornbills have a uniquely thick front wall to their casque (the "horn" on their head), compared to other hornbills whose casques are mostly hollow. Unfortunately, this solid area is valued as "red ivory" for carving and has resulted in mass killing/poaching for their unique casques. These critically endangered birds do not breed quickly, so they are facing extinction...for trinkets and carvings."

Session Description

A passion for science can be shared through artistic collaboration. We will use a story about the SE Asian hornbill to create an original work of art to inspire learning.  Participants are encouraged to attend  with their instrument, voice, art supplies, pen, ideas, and curiosity. 

Together we will engage in active learning that combines:

 science 

birds

writing lyrics

poetry & stories

painting

illustrating

composing music

You don't have to be a professional musician to apply the arts to learning. We will show you some simple ways to incorporate music into a collaborative learning adventure. 

Session Outline

  • Helmeted Hornbill Awareness

  • Chat Your Thoughts

  • Listen & Hum

  • Call & Response - Meditation Mandala

  • I and IV Chord Breakout Jams

  • Will you use it?

  • Show & Tell (Conservation Play, Recycling, Birds Across Borders, Butterfly)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The helmeted hornbill is one of 57 hornbill species in Africa and Asia. It’s found only in the lowland forests of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and southern Thailand. The helmeted hornbill stands apart from the other hornbills because its casque—the horny helmet above its beak—is mostly solid with a thick layer of keratin. But that unique trait might also be the birds' undoing. Softer than ivory and easily carved, hornbill casques are in high demand in Asia, to be fashioned into beads, pendants, and intricate works of art. Illegal poaching has caused this bird to be on the critically endangered list.

 

 

Resources

Recycling Song

STEM 2nd-graders

Dec., 2018

 

D                       G           D                            A7

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 

D                      G           D             A7            D

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 

 

  Em                           A

Recycling helps the world. 

 

            D                            G

You dream about it every night.

 

Em                               A

Don’t throw it in the trash. 

 

        G                               A7

You know that that’s not right. 

 

 

D                       G           D                            A7

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 

D                      G           D             A7            D

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 


 

Em                         A

Please be nice to nature

 

        D                        G

The animals play all day

 

         Em                             A

They don’t like trash and garbage

 

              G                       A7 

They’d  rather be eating hay 

 


 

D                       G           D                            A7

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 

D                      G           D             A7            D

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 


 

D                       G           D                            A7

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

 

D                      G           D             A7            D

Recycling, recycling, recycling is always greener.  

Trickster:  (Mike Archibeque, Ferdi Serim, Gregg Cannady)

 

Gm                               Cm

Trickster, trickster, who are you now?

Gm                                       Cm

Trick me, show me your secrets.

Gm                               Cm

Trickster, trickster, midnight black,

          F                                   Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

           F                                  Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

 

Gm                     Cm

Seek outside what lies within,

         Gm                                       Cm

Each step takes you farther away.

          Gm                         Cm

Your clarity shows us what we cannot see,

         F                                   Gm

Full circle, we’re already home.

         F                                   Gm

Full circle, we’re already home.



 

Gm                               Cm

Trickster, trickster, who are you now?

Gm                                       Cm

Trick me, show me your secrets.

Gm                               Cm

Trickster, trickster, midnight black,

          F                                   Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

           F                                  Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.



 

       Gm                                                 Cm

Beyond space and time from the cosmos we seek,

Gm                                    Cm       

Knowledge and understanding.

         Gm                                Cm

We look to the sky as you fly overhead.

F                     Gm

. . . Are we worthy?

F                     Gm

. . . Are we worthy?


 

Gm                               Cm

Trickster, trickster, who are you now?

Gm                                       Cm

Trick me, show me your secrets.

Gm                               Cm

Trickster, trickster, midnight black,

          F                                   Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

           F                                  Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.


 

                    Gm                                       Cm

From the heart of the Southwest a story is told,

          Gm                               Cm

Of a bird who tricked a coyote,

        Gm                                        Cm    

By dancing and singing, outsmarting the foe,

            F                                        Gm

Transcending . . . You’re  the raven. 

         F                                        Gm

Transcending . . . You’re  the raven. 


 

Gm                          Cm

Wing us back to harmony.

Gm                        Cm

Wing us back to life.

Gm                            Cm

Wing us to understanding.

            F                                 Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

            F                                 Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

 

 

Gm                          Cm

Wing us back to harmony.

Gm                        Cm

Wing us back to life.

Gm                            Cm

Wing us to understanding.

            F                                 Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

            F                                 Gm

Your wings lead us to the light.

 

 

 

Butterfly

                                 

Nilda Muschamp

Belmopan PathLight Students

 

A

Open up your wings and fly away.

D

It’s time for you to get to know the world.

A

Break free from all the things that kept you down,

D                                                E7

And get to know the beauty all around.

 

D                                   A

I’ve been cuffed for most of my years,

D                                             A

Muted and blind couldn’t do a thing,

D                                                        A

Damaged, never believed that I could break free,

Bm                            E7

Now I’m bless’d, blessed and free.

 

A

Open up your wings and fly away,

D

It’s time for you to get to know the world.

A

Break free from all the things that kept you down,

D                                                E7

And get to know the beauty all around.

 

D                 A

I’m flying, flying, I’m free,

D                   A

I’m smiling, smiling I’m free,

D                   A

I’m talking, talking, I’m free,

Bm                         E7

Now I’m seeing, seeing and free.

 

A

Open up your wings and fly away,

D

It’s time for you to get to know the world.

A

Break free from all the things that kept you down,

D                                                E7

And get to know the beauty all around.

 

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A OJO DE PÁJARO - LINK

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One of my all time favorite songs for children is Benjamin Britten's "Cuckoo" from Friday Afternoons, written for and dedicated to the children who sang them on Friday afternoons in their singing classes. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTMLWuY36KQ

Cuckoo, Cuckoo, what do you do?

"In April I open my bill;

In May I sing night and day;

In June I change my tune

In July Far far I fly;

In August away I must." 

Cuckoo, Cuckoo! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The videos above are a few animations created by David Williams after our March 27, 2020 Sweet Sounds of Science session. 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/animation-creator-hd/id363201632

https://www.apple.com/music-memos/

Cosmic Night: David’s work combining apps above - https://youtu.be/Gg3MmEqCBLA

From one of the participants:

It was my first time on ZOOM, too.

 

Of course, I was a bit overwhelmed by the screen and knowing how to use it.

 

However, (and of course AFTER) I came up with all sorts of Educational ideas for saving the Helmeted Hornbill, but (as I can conceive it as a visual artist) they all require visual and technical, on site work in the affected areas.. Education of the public to recognize both visually and aurally, and create the aspect of love and protection for this bird in both the proximate areas where it needs protection as well as worldwide, so that the poaching and carved pieces cannot be traded.  Much like the Black Rhino, or elephant tusks.....

Huge, informational murals on buildings - cities, towns, busses.  Bus stops sculpted to look like Hornbills, with wings outstretched to protect those underneath, while being protected (hopefully, through education and recognition of the creature) by those sheltered by it...... ok.  And amplify & project the Hornbill song, to indicate an oncoming bus, (rather like the bells in foreign subways or light rail in Denver).  That's just a few... I just really don't know how One Voice 4 Change can facilitate this or help make it possible.

Muencharts | Murals & Papier Mache Sculptures   www.muencharts.com 

                                                        paper mache dodo bird

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Creating Awareness through the Arts:

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