If you've ever been down to Boston to see the Celtics play, you've probably have walked by a street musician who uses nothing but plastic buckets to make music. These simple plastic buckets are awesome percussion instruments when played by talented individuals.
To see an example of street music (and movement), look for the DVD Stomp Out Loud [DVD 785.68 STO]. It's fabulous, and dare I say, inspirational?
If you're inspired to create you own musical instruments, a new book on our shelves is Making Musical Instruments with Kids: 67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children by Bart Hopkin [784.1923 HOP]. There are instructions for making bucket drums, as well as many other instruments--some quite surprising. The book comes with a CD so that you can hear what the instrument is supposed to sound like, and it also includes tuning how-tos. This book is not just for kids--some of the instruments are fairly sophisticated, like the 12-string fishing line zither.