Global Bash - A Cross-Cultural Musical Exploration

by  Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

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Global Bash brings different cultural heritages together to create new and beautiful art, while still respecting and celebrating tradition. Our presenter will take your students through a voyage of discovery, meeting musical instruments - and their performers - each from a unique cultural background. Through participatory song and personal history your students will learn about each of those cultures - and then join us to perform a piece that brings these different cultural traditions together. We want students to see that music is a language that has the power to bring people together - a message of unity that we hope they will take with them.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $220.00
Point to Point: $220.00

This workshop is intended for a single classroom, but up to 4 additional classrooms may sign in.
First classroom: $220
Up to four additional classrooms @$55 each



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

Full school, but separate shows for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 recommended

Primary Disciplines

Culture, International, Performing Arts, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, Music Music

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom or YouTube Live

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If for any reason the recipient wishes to reschedule up to 24 hours before the program, Bash the Trash will make every effort to accommodate the rescheduling.

If for any reason the recipient wishes to cancel a program, there is no fee up to 24 hours before the program. Cancellation within 24 hours of program, with no rescheduling possible, entails payment of the full fee.

However, in the case of a weather or pandemic-related cancellation within 24 hours of program, please contact us and we'll work it out.

About This Provider

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Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

United States

Bash the Trash programs are about music, science, culture, arts and the environment! Centered around the concept of sustainability, we’ve been building and performing with found-object instruments for over 30 years, making connections to plastic pollution and climate change. 

Over time our programs have evolved into a wide range of musical and cultural experiences that go beyond homemade instruments. Our diverse crew of presenters offer a series of programs based on their individual artistic skills and cultural backgrounds, making connections with students through their amazing experiences. We’re eager to interact with audiences through the arts, Q&A and conversation to create true cultural and artistic exchanges. 

Hands-on instrument-building or art-making is possible in most programs using simple reused/repurposed materials. Bash the Trash offers workshop/performances and multiple-session residencies as well as fun and useful professional development for educators, all closely aligned to national and local standards. Plus Bash the Trash programs are great for special days like Earth Day, National Recycling Day and World Water Day! 

Ian Bertles

Program Details


1. Introduction to the presenter; we set up the format and discuss the Q&A
2. As a way to establish the overall concept of cultures and instruments, our presenter shows a instrument from their culture, and talks briefly about how and why it is used.
3. We meet other Bash the Trash musicians, who through image and video take us on a brief journey to their cultural home through pictures and maps. We learn about an instrument particular to that culture, and students engage in a participatory hands-on musical segment from that tradition.
4. Finally the students will learn how to participate in a fun musical piece that draws inspiration from different traditional backgrounds, but takes on new form and meaning through the cross-cultural exploration, setting an example of tolerance, cooperation and creativity.
5. Q&A


Learn about Music and Culture
Music is all around the world. Every human culture, no matter where, uses music to define themselves, to express themselves, and to enjoy. We'll look at musical instruments from around the globe, and try to understand how they work, and how people use them in their own culture.

People in different cultures use instruments for different reasons. This often is reflected in instrument design. If you are marching while playing, you have to be able to carry your drum. But if you are stationary you can create a much larger instrument - a whole drum set… Music can be used for social reasons, in celebrations, in funerals, ceremonies and more - and the instruments used for these vary tremendously in size, shape and playing styles.

Discover Connections between Musical Instruments and Resources
People tend to build musical instruments from whatever they find in their back yard. In general these are simple instruments that can be put together from easily obtained materials, like bamboo, wood, cans and bottles, and clay. But then there are also instruments that are more complex and difficult to build, requiring materials not always locally available. These instruments tend to be built by artisans whose profession is instrument-building.

Explore Connections Between Instruments and Science
The science of sound and acoustics limits the variety of musical instruments that can be built. There is a relationship between the science of sound and the instruments that create sound which can often dictate the shape, size, materials, and construction of instruments. This can lead to interesting similarities in how instruments look, despite being several continents away.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This show makes connections to
Science: Environment, Climate Change, Plastic Pollution
Music: Cultural music, instrument families, rhythm
Cultural Studies

State Standards

available on request