Laurie Anderson and Making Instruments

Hi Everyone! Happy Saturday!

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the avant-garde artist and musician Laurie Anderson. In conjunction with her exhibition “The Weather” at the Hirschorn Museum in Washington D.C. she will be doing a series of video performance, talks and guided meditation. Unfortunately most of these will take place in the middle of the night here in Berlin, but you can watch her EXTREMELY charming pre-recorded video on the Hirshorn website about the the musical instruments she has invented and played from the 1970s to the present, listen to her playlist and view images of her exhibition which will be on until July 31, 2022.

The TeachEngineering website has an amazing lesson plan for grades 4+ with instructions on making 4 instruments: A Water Glass Xylophone, a Straw Panpipe, a Cardboard Guitar, and a Bottle Organ. It comes with downloadable step-by-step instructions as PDF. “These instruments were selected because they can make notes of different pitches (frequencies) and most should be ready to play in about 5-10 minutes if all the supplies are available.”

Image:TeachEngineering.org

For the little ones, you can make a harmonica from popsicle sticks or a kazoo from a cardboard paper roll and wax paper.

Image: Mottchildren.org
Image: Today’s Parent (YouTube)

Send us links you have to any other great resources for making instruments with kids and be sure to check back for more fun posts!

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