Making Musical Instruments with Kids


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Making Musical Instruments with Kids
67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children
By Bart Hopkin  
Book and CD
116 pages

This is a book of easy-to-build, low-or-no-cost musical instruments that can be constructed by children under adult supervision, or, in some cases, by older kids without supervision. Examples of the instruments include washtub bass, driftwood marimba, thumb piano, bucket drums and flower pot bells: simple stuff, but stuff kids can have fun with.

The book comes with an audio CD presenting the sounds of the instruments in short, lively solo and ensemble pieces.

In the classroom and out, instrument making is an excellent hands-on learning activity, and this book will serve well as a valuable instructional resource. But more importantly, it's an enjoyable guide to simple instrument making for its own sake.


  • Tools
  • Tin Cans
  • Flower Pot Bells
  • Box Zithers
  • Claves
  • Corrugaphones
  • Floating Bowls
  • Rasps
  • Percussion Glasses
  • Shakers
  • Bar Percussion Instruments
  • Bucket Drums
  • Whirled Strings
  • Balloonchords
  • Plosive Aerophones
  • Friction Drums
  • Balloom Drums
  • Mailing Tube Lute
  • Soda Straw Oboe
  • Blown Bottles
  • Lamellaphones
  • Panpipes
  • Packing Tape Drums
  • Musical Glasses
  • Membraerophones
  • Bucket Bass
  • Flutes
  • Fishing Line Zithers
  • Found-Object Percussion
  • Mallets & Beaters
  • Tuning
  • Putting the Instruments to Use


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