May 4, 2023

Musicians Week Morning True or False (5-4-2023)

by Chompers

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Is music always written down on paper? Find out on today's Chompers! 

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>> RACHEL: Good morning, it’s time for Chompers, your morning and night toothbrushing show. 

Start brushing on the top of your mouth, on one side. And brush the inside, outside and chewing side of each tooth

>> KIDS: 3, 2, 1 brush! 


>> RACHEL: Its Musicians week, and today we’ve got some true or false for you. We’ll say something, and you have to decide if it’s true


>> RACHEL: or false.


>> RACHEL: Here’s your first one: 

 Music is always written down on paper. 

So is that true? Is music always written down on paper? 


>> RACHEL:  The answer is...false! 


>> RACHEL:  Switch your brushing to the other side of the top of your mouth...


>> RACHEL:  -and keep brushing. 

Lots of musicians use sheet music to learn how to play a song. Remember, sheet music is music that has been written down. But there are lots of musicians that learn music by ear. That means that they hear a song, and figure out how to play it just by listening! 

>> KID: WOW.

>> RACHEL: Another thing musicians do is IMPROVISE. When musicians improvise, they just make up the music on the spot to create something totally new.


Switch your brushing to the bottom of your mouth... 


>> RACHEL: and brush in little circles around each tooth.


>> RACHEL:  Here’s your next true or false. 

Musicians can only play one instrument. 

So is that true or false. Can musicians only play ONE instrument? 


>> RACHEL:  The answer is… false! 


>> RACHEL:  Lots of musicians play more than one instrument! Famous musicians like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Prince can all play more than one instrument! 

Switch your brushing to the other side of the bottom of your mouth, 


>> RACHEL:  and give your tongue a brush too. 


>> RACHEL:  Many musicians are famous for playing a particular instrument. For example, Stevie Wonder is famous for being an excellent piano player. 


>> RACHEL:  But Stevie can also sing and play the harmonica...


>> RACHEL: - keyboards... 


>> RACHEL: -drums...


>> RACHEL:  -organ…


>> RACHEL: -and bongos! 



>> RACHEL:  That’s it for Chompers today but come back tonight for more masterful musicians. Until then,

>>KIDS: 3, 2, 1 spit! 


>> RACHEL: Chompers is a production of Gimlet Media.