I came across this fun little video about experiments around the house by two composers: https://vimeo.com/19995976

They've taken different instruments and objects (like balls, metronomes), to see how many ways you can make a sound.

This is a GREAT idea for teaching tone and musicality, or even just illustrating the production of sound.

After all, it can be hard to visualize the inside of the piano when you're playing it. And sometimes students are on electric pianos.

I'm thinking, even if you set up just one of those experiments, and get a student to try varying the sound (e.g. letting the metronome hit a cymbal to produce a sound: get the student to make different sounds with those tools, by tilting the cymbal, moving it away, etc.) it'll be a simple, valuable lesson.

What do you think?