Did you know that singing in schools helps children feel better about themselves and improves their community spirit? And that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language? For these reasons and more, it’s important to make music a part of your student’s educational journey. So why not make music fun and inventive with some homemade instruments? Here are six DIY instruments that you can make at home with your kids that will help you teach them musical concepts.


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Harmonicas are a fascinating instrument with their petite size and distinct sound, but how do they work? If you take a look at the inside of a harmonica, you will see that thin strips of brass—all different lengths—vibrate when you breathe into the harp. You can mimic this setup by taping different sized straws together, and blowing into the airways. Or, filling  glasses with different amounts of water and lightly dinging the rim of the glass with a spoon.

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Drums create the rhythm to almost every tune making this instrument a key element in a tempo lesson. Whether you dance to the beat or sing along with the percussion, drums are a great guide. You can create drums at home by using everyday items like soup cans, Pringles containers, or even a tabletop! All you need is some kind of a drum stick to tap along with.

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Another form of percussion is the tambourine. You’ll often see singers with a tambourine because they’re able to multi-task with one free hand to hold the mic. If you’re looking for a fun musical addition for your kids’ acoustic act, then the tambourine may be just what you need. And this DIY version is quieter than the traditional kind!

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If your children are already expert drummers, you may want to offer them something more challenging like this percussion wall. By hanging up different objects from around the house or out in the shed, your kids can hear all the different tones that are produced. This is a great activity to complete with a friend (or little brother or sister), too. Get them started on a beat to a certain tempo, and you can join in with another sound. Soon you’ll be on your way to making your very own homemade musical masterpiece!

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The saxophone is another distinct noise often heard in jazz music. Bring that soulful sound to your DIY band with a homemade sax, and soon you’ll teaching the kids all about the blues!

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And no need to leave out classical music as you make these DIY instruments. SavvyHomemade offers instructions for making your own french horn. Bring the bass and soon you’ll have a whole orchestra in your home.

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