Junk instrument making

We make and decorate unusual musical instruments, and learn about how their sounds are produced.

Instruments include the unique ‘squonky tube’ which produces a loud sax-like sound with 3 different pitched notes originating from a balloon stretched over the end of a cardboard tube; the sound of coat hangers, heard via strings held to the ears; and various drums, shakers and rattles.

We then play the instruments together, developing simple pieces using rhythms and sequencing, and can make a procession or performance. All materials and tools are supplied, and tools are used with proper supervision and awareness of health and safety issues.

Instrument making is for KS1 and KS2, and is normally a half-day workshop. The tutor requires the support of at least two adults in the classroom for the making process. There is an additional fee for the time and expense in preparing materials.