Making music at BBA

May 10 2016

YEAR 7 students at Bristol Brunel Academy hit the right note when were involved in a two day project building digital musical instruments from cardboard, plastic cups and tin foil.

megan crane

YEAR 7 students at Bristol Brunel Academy hit the right note when were involved in a two day project building digital musical instruments from cardboard, plastic cups and tin foil.
The project, which involved 20 students, put a plethora of skills to the test including science, ICT, instrument making, computer programming, musical composition and performance.
The project was delivered by Dr Jack White from music education charity Conductive Music.
One student made a guitar out of tin foil and cardboard and others made instruments that were indefinable and very unique.
Once created, the instruments work by connecting them to an interface box and then connecting them to PCs. Using specialist software, the signals can then be turned into any musical sound and edited.
The science angle of the project is introduced when students have to use the process of conductivity to make their instruments work.
The aim of the lessons is to bring various subjects together for a fun and educational teaching and learning experience. Gareth Williams, head of music said: “This activity has worked really well with students and really boosted their confidence in the various subjects involved. We are always seeking out exciting new ways of teaching and learning and this has really inspired our students to produce some amazing work. My thanks go to Dr Jack White and Conductive Music for giving us this opportunity.”