We challenged two of our professional musicians to play the famous Also Sprach Zarathustra on their usual instruments and then DIY versions of their instruments. We love how this shows that anyone can make music at home, even if you don’t have any instruments.
Of all the instrument families of the orchestra, the percussion section is the easiest to DIY. Even your body can be used as a percussion instrument. Here are a few different percussion tutorials you can try.
Easy Balloon Drum
This drum uses simple materials but still has a great sound.
Check out this easy 5-minute shaker using a toilet paper or paper towel roll, great for toddlers and older kids alike.
Soda Bottle Trumpet
We’ve shared this DIY trumpet from the New York Philharmonic before, but that’s because we love how it only uses materials you probably already have at home and really works! When you play into the soda bottle mouthpiece, you’ll need to buzz your lips like this video teaches in order to make sound.
1. Get an adult to help you with this step! Using the sharp knife, carefully cut off the spout of the soda bottle. You want the cut part of the bottle to match up to be slightly larger than the width of the cardboard tube. This will be your mouthpiece.
2. Tape the mouthpiece to the cardboard tube as shown
3. Form the construction paper into a funnel shape. The smallest part of the funnel should be able to fit over the non-mouthpiece end of the cardboard tube. Tape the construction paper so that the funnel keeps its shape.
4. Tape the funnel to the tube
If you’ve already made that trumpet, check out this trumpet-inspired DIY instrument. It’s technically a woodwind instrument because the straw acts as a double reed in order to make the sound, but we love how simple it is to make.
Hose and Funnel Trumpet
Check out Elisa and her hose trumpet that uses just 3 materials that you may already have at home.
Balloon Trombone – Great for Older Children
This balloon trombone is a great DIY for older children to work on with a grown-up.
Once you’ve gathered and assembled your DIY instruments, you can make music too. Here a few fun ways to play:
Listen for the following instruments in these songs: