Make: Musical Inventions - PDF

Explore the physics of sound with hands-on projects that anyone can make!

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Explore the physics of sound with hands-on projects that anyone can make! From simple flutes to cutting-edge electronic musical gloves, such fun kits as littleBits and Makey Makey, to the sonic opportunities found in ordinary household items, this book will get you making your own music using your own instruments.

With this book, you'll learn to make a

  • Three-string guitar
  • Drinking straw aerophone
  • Giant singing tube
  • Bullroarer*
  • South American rain stick
  • Wrenchophone
  • Thumb piano
  • Musical marble run
  • Experimental music box
  • Theremin
  • littleBits synth glove
  • Makey Makey musical surface
  • Manilla record player
  • Super-simple speaker
  • Plain pencil microphone
  • Pizza box radio

Meet the Author

Kathy Ceceri is the author of activity books for kids and families, including Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future. She helped create the Geek-Mom blog and the book Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families and contributed more than a dozen projects to the Geek Dad series of books. Her books for Maker Media include Make: Paper Inventions, Making Simple Robots, and Make: Edible Inventions. Formerly the Homeschooling Expert at, Kathy presents robots and STEAM programs at schools, museums, libraries, and Maker Faires around the country. She lives with her family in Upstate New York.