Music Projects for Makers
Famous for the Makey Makey banana keyboard, there are many musical projects you can try with this invention kit. Any material that can conduct even a little bit of electricity can be connected to a computer and a Makey Makey to create a keyboard. Other musical projects to try with a Makey Makey:
- Video compilatons of 19 Musical Makey Makey projects and Makey Makey Music Examples Vol. 2 by Eric Rosenbaum of MIT Media Lab. Rosenbaum has worked on a multitude of musical maker projects so be sure to check his site for more inspiration.
- Dance Mat. (Local readers: Josh McNary made one for CoderDojo Cedar Rapids and there will be one at the Coralville Public Library July 8 Grades 1-4 Summer Reading Program.)
- Piano Gloves
- Scratch + MakeyMakey (most but not all of these projects are musical)
Grab some craft sticks and rubber bands and your preschooler can make a simple harmonica.
This looks like so much fun – but you may want to get buy-in from your neighbours first!
Australian musician Linsey Pollak walks through the steps of making a functioning clarinet from a carrot and then plays it to perfection. You will never look at carrots the same way again.
Altoids Tin Ukelele (Advanced)
Daniel Hulbert makes banjos, guitars and ukeleles from a variety of household implements from bedpans to tennis racquets. Free plans for the Altoids tin ukelele are available at Circuits & Strings along with many other interesting projects combining tech and music.
This Week’s Maker Ed Notables
There are so many great initiatives in the Maker Movement that I am going to highlight a few each week.
DHMaker Bus. A mobile makerspace in London, Ontario. Ryan Hunt and the rest of the staff and volunteers put on engaging programs, but also through their blog emphasize accessibility with posts such as Affordable Accessible Maker Learning Resources for Parents and translations into Arabic for some of their most popular posts. @DHMakerBus.
MIT Media Lab. They’ve had a hand in so many of the physical products that have made tech and coding more accessible. Makey Makey, Scratch, Chibitronics (paper circuits), LilyPad Arduino and so much more. @medialab
Here’s to a week of joyous musical making!