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The Hornman Show provides a great opportunity for learning about musical instruments. That’s pretty obvious! But it’s also a wonderful chance to talk with your class about Geography as you look at all of the places that Mr. Nemoyten’s various horns came from. You can also bring the information into your study of nature as you talk about the Conch Shell or the Shofar and about the various man-made materials used to make more modern instruments like trumpets and tubas. Below you’ll find some suggestions and¬†information to get you started.

Suggested activities:

Locate where the Hornman’s instruments came from on a U.S. map.

Conch Shell
Key West, Florida
Trumpet
Anaheim, CA
Bugle
Elkhart, Indiana
French Horn & Trombone
Cleveland, Ohio

Locate where other instruments came from on a world map or globe.

Tuba
Peoples Republic of China
Euphonium
Czech Republic
Shofar
Jerusalem, Israel
Didjeridu
Sidney, Australia
Ran-dung
Tibet
Alphorn
Switzerland

Following the program, help students match the materials to the horns.

Conch Shell
calcium carbonate and nacre secreted by a sea snail
Shofar
keratin, ram or antelope horn
Didjeridu
wood from a eucalyptus branch
Bugle
simple brass tube
Trumpet
brass and silver with 3 valves
Trombone
brass, silver and gold with slide
French horn
brass with 4 valves
Euphonium
brass with 4 valves
Tuba
brass with 3 valves
Ran Dung
brass, copper and colored stones
Alphorn
wood, rattan and fiberglass
Hose-a-Phone
rubber, plastic, and duct tape
Pocket Trumpet
brass with 3 valves (colored red)
Herald Trumpet
brass with no valves

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