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Making Monday: Music Projects for Makers

June 8, 2015

The beginning of a weekly extension of the Coding & Making Resource list I put together for Iowa Tech Chicks and also featured on this blog. This week, the focus is music projects for makers.

Music Projects for Makers

Makey Makey

Makey Makey Banana Piano

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:

Homemade Harmonica

Grab some craft sticks and rubber bands and your preschooler can make a simple harmonica.

homemade harmonica

Outdoor Music Wall

This looks like so much fun – but you may want to get buy-in from your neighbours first!

outdoor music wall

Make a Carrot Clarinet


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

Robot Test Kitchen. Children’s and teen librarians in Chicago using simple robotics to bring technology and imagination together. @RobotTestKitchn

Here’s to a week of joyous musical making!

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