Stomp Projects

Experience different timbres of music and creating rhythm while having a little bit of fun in performance.

I started this Stomp Project 10 years ago and, over time, I have made it way more fun than when I did it my first year of teaching. It's a great project that incorporates timbres, cooperative learning, rhythms, creativity, and performance. Here's how I have made this project what it is today:


  • Trash - and a lot of it. Make sure to clean it (if needed) and prep for paint.

  • Neon paint (this is important)

  • Black Lights

  • Grey/White/Cream King Sized Sheets (either used or Walmart has some for $10-$15)

  • Highlighters

  • Stomp Project Worksheet and Rubric

About this Project:

DAY ONE: I start off with having students watch Stomp clips either on YouTube or the DVD I purchased. We discuss how the performers use "trash" items to create music and how they utilize them to create different sounds and rhythms. After school I transform my room to look like an Alleyway. Consisting of graffiti walls, brick walls,trash cans, street signs, and....BLACK LIGHTS : ) I put the neon painted trash into separate piles (according to how many groups there are in the class).

DAY TWO: The students come into the class with a wonderful greeting of me banging on metal trashcans with my hat backwards. They walk in and see the classroom totally transformed with the lights off, black lights on and decoration fully setup. I tell them to have a seat when they come in. To start class off, the students get into groups and fill out the worksheet with highlighters and review the rubric. After they figure out groups, I discuss the project, timeline, expectations and rubric. Then the creativity begins!

DAY THREE & FOUR: This project typically takes a few days for them to figure out what they are doing and how they are doing it. Some students get really involved and plan wardrobe, face paint, fingernail polish, entrances, etc. Let them practice with the lights off, because they can see how they can manipulate the lights and objects.

DAY 5: Students perform in the black light. Discuss etiquette with the class when people perform. I usually have them come up with group names and introduce the group with a ridiculous, funny back story before they perform. Kids get a kick out of it! And definitely video the performances and have the kids watch them the next day. : )

See below for inspiration:

Check out my Facebook Live Video of my classroom walk through and how I set up my classroom. : )

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