Bart Hopkin


67 Easy Projects for Adults Working with Children

From Spoons on Balloons to Floating Bowl Bells to Soda Straw Oboes, Making Musical Instrument with Kids is a treasure-trove of musical instrument ideas simple enough for children to make. It’s written primarily for adults who work with children, including teachers, parents, and others involved in the lives of young people. The instruments, presented with easy-to-follow instructions, are both kid-buildable and kid-playable, without need for difficult tools, using readily accessible materials. The book comes with an audio CD presenting the sounds of the instruments in lively solo and ensemble pieces. The simplest projects are suitable for children aged 4-5 years and up; the most advanced are suitable for the adolescent and early high school years.

In the classroom and out, instrument-making is excellent for hands-on learning, and this book can serve as an instructional resource. But most importantly, it is a guide to simple, enjoyable instrument making for its own sake.

120 pp. Comes with CD CM-32

Bart Hopkin was founder and editor of Experimental Musical Instruments, a quarterly journal dedicated to new and unusual musical instruments, since its inception in1985. (EMI is no longer in print.) Mr. Hopkin received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1974, and later received a B.A. in music education from San Francisco State University. A professional guitarist, he has taught, written, composed, performed and recorded in many places, including Kingston, Jamaica, where for several years he researched and wrote on Jamaican children's songs and revival church music. 

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