Instrument-Building Follow-up Workshops and Residencies

by  Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

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Follow-up Workshops:

Reinforce nearly any of our virtual performances with fun and immersive hands-on instrument-building in the classrooms! Your students bring their own repurposed recyclable materials using our provided materials list. Then one of our veteran teaching artists will conduct a virtual visit to your classroom and work with your students to create a classroom orchestra. Each 45-minute classroom workshop with a virtual solo presenter $220. Must be preceded by a BTT performance program.


In a virtual Bash the Trash Residency (4+ sessions) students work with highly experienced teaching artists to build an array of musical instruments, then compose and perform with their new creations. We challenge students to use problem-solving, applied knowledge, and community/cooperative skills to build - and compose for - their classroom orchestra. In longer residencies planning sessions with teachers ensure strong curricular connections to literacy, math, science, culture, and the environment. 

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Multipoint: $220.00
Point to Point: $220.00

Follow-up Workshops
$220 for each 45" workshop with a solo teaching artist to a single classroom
Follow-up workshops must be preceded by a Bash the Trash performance or other event

$220 for each 45" workshop with a solo teaching artist to a single classroom
Residencies are 4 or more sessions with each classroom.
There may be additional costs for materials, professional development, planning sessions, etc. We'll put together a complete proposal based on your needs and budget.

If you are looking for a shorter residency (2-3 sessions) go to The Experimental Orchestra



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

Minimum participants:

one classroom

Maximum participants:

one classroom

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, International, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom or YouTube Live

Follow-up Workshops: Residencies:

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

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.

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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


Follow-up Workshops are designed to follow a mandatory Bash the Trash virtual performance to reinforce the learning. The Directed-Build workshops are for younger students or students who are not independent learners. The 1-8 "free-for-all build" is designed for students who can work independently.
1. Brief reminder of instrument science
2. Build instruments - students work as a group or independently to build a variety of simple instruments. During this time the teaching artist "visits" each student to see their materials, make suggestions and connections, etc.
3. Students learn some simple ensemble techniques and then "perform" a simple piece with their new instruments

Residencies are 4+ sessions with the teaching artist working with a single classroom. A longer residency can go deeper into science, culture, music, literacy and other subjects. A longer residency also means a better organized and rehearsed performance/culminating-event. Contact us to discuss a virtual residency for your class.


In the Follow-up Workshops, the main idea is to reinforce the concepts laid out in the mandatory BTT performance. Hands-on experience gives the final input needed for the brain to understand the new information.
Students will
- gain tangible experience about vibrations
- discover why instruments look the way they do
- use simple engineering techniques to build instruments
- refine, rethink and revise their new instruments
- work together to create a piece in which all participants are welcome

In a Bash the Trash residency, the subject matter, curriculum connections and final outcome are all dependent on what the classroom teacher is doing with the students during the time of the residency. In general, a residency may take the following sequence
- learn about the science of sound
- build a variety of instruments, using the science to build better instruments
- make connections to math, cultural, or literacy studies
- create a final performance/sharing that brings it all together

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This program is designed to work with classroom curriculum and through art, make connections to:
Science: Environment, Climate Change, Plastic Pollution
Music: Cultural music, instrument families, rhythm
Cultural Studies

State Standards

available upon request