Build an Instrument

For this challenge, you will build your own instrument. Using craft materials, recyclables, etc. (whatever you have around the house), create any instrument you want or invent a new kind of musical instrument. In principle, any object that produces sound can be considered a musical instrument – it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument. What could you use to make an instrument? What instrument could you make? Drums, guitar, whistle!?!

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key terms

musical instrument: (noun) device created or adapted to make noise

acoustics: (noun) science that deals with the study of sound

sound: (noun) vibrations that travel through the air and can be heard when they reach a person's or animal's ear

sound waves: (noun) vibrating forms of energy that are made of molecules and look like waves


design a solution

generate an idea

What instrument can you build? What could you use to build that instrument? Could your instrument make different sounds?

design and build a prototype

How can you creatively use materials to build your instrument? How does someone “play” your instrument?

share your idea

Film a short (Max 2 min video) pitch of your invention. Include details like who is it for, what problem does it solve, etc. Have fun! Upload/share your video to twitter, facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to tag us!

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