This unit is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, it’s the only unit I taught every single year of my career.

Lesson 1


Lesson 2

I explain the Invented Instrument assignment and show pictures.


Lessons 3-4

Students browse books for ideas, fill out the plan form, and bring in materials to build if they want to (most would rather work at home).

Lessons 5-6

Explain sound piece, work in class


Links for Making Your Own Instruments

There are so many more links and even YouTube videos.

Books for Making Your Own Instruments     


The following content is available below to Plus Members:

  • PDFs include:
    • Invented Instruments &. Sound Piece Assignment
    • Invented Instruments Rubric
    • Aerophones Handout
    • Chordophones Handout
    • Membranophones Handout
    • Idiophones Handout
    • Instrument Plan Worksheet

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