DIY instrument making in schools and in the community
education, training & workshops

Building on the techniques developed in action “DIY instrument making/hacking”, a pilot program will be implemented to schools in Greece and the UK.

The idea is to work with children and artists on the creation and use of new musical instruments demonstrating different ways into DIY culture or hacking. The premise is that children, who are actively involved in the creation of music, are more connected to and engaged with music and are more motivated to learn about the craft.

The project will involve artists who design new instruments, using digital technologies combined with traditional instrument building. The children will build their own instruments, working within the OCC / DMU experts where they learn more about digital fabrication and programming. After having made their instruments, they rehearse and compose new music together. And of course they perform their work for parents, teacher and others.

This project closely relates to Interfaces’s other educational projects which are based on the idea of 'learning by doing' and working on modern digital literacy. This project is a chance to research these educational principles in collaboration with artists, combining digital and technical skills with creativity and art work, it is ideally suited to the Interfaces consortium.

The toolkit for DIY Instruments Making Hacking is availble for download here. 

List of Workshops:

26 July 2017
Phoenix Square Art Centre, Leicester
For children and families

A free event aimed at children and families, Electro-Cricket allows participants to make complex beats, rhythms, pops, clicks and chirps with a DIY musical instrument. Working together, an orchestra of ‘relay-based oscillators’ is been created, using everyday objects to amplify and change the sound of the instrument.

Media: Motor Music Creat-a-con 2017
October 2017
Queen’s Building, De Montfort University
All ages welcome

In October 2017, members of Dirty Electronics (John Richards and Jim Frize) provide a drop-in workshop on Motor Music: hand-cranked synthesisers and noisemakers, powered by kinetic energy!

DIY electronics
24 April 2018
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus
For highschool students (7th-12th grade)

This workshop led by John Richards, presents a sequence of units examining improvised music and introducing students to ways of assembling, making and playing musical instruments.

DIY: Building our own musical instruments
October-December 2018
Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece
For primary school students

In this series of workshops led by Yannis Kotsonis and Aris Droukopoulos, Stratos Bichakis, Thalia Ioannidou and Gelina Palla the students make music out of up-to-date technology. They explore the way every sound is produced, create their own magical soundscapes and compose original cords.

Read more here.

Music for DIY Electronics
17-18 October 2018
Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece
For teachers in primary and secondary education (especially teachers who work with students aged 9–14)

In this workshop, educators learn how to make creative use of concepts from DIY, making, electronics and sound-based music making, but also how to integrate activities centred on listening, music performance and construction into their classes. The workshop is led by John Richards.

Read more here.

DIY: Build your own musical instruments
December 2019- March 2020
Onassis Stegi, Athens, Greece
6th grade of Primary School and 1st and 2nd Junior Highschool Students

A series of workshops at schools led by Yannis Kotsonis and Aris Droukopoulos, Stratos Bichakis, Thalia Ioannidou and Gelina Palla who will introduce the students to the DIY culture by showing them how they can build their own instruments and compose original cords.

Read more here.

organised by:
De Montfort University

Onassis Stegi