Musical Instruments: Design, Build, Play

Winter 2015 quarter

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In accompaniment to the study of musical sound, participants will construct a series of simple musical instruments that incorporate a vibrating membrane, vibrating string(s), or column of air. These unique soundings will present further exploration of scales/tunings, electrification, composition and more. We will practice playing our instruments together with help from a guest artist. No previous experience (musical or otherwise) is required, and all levels (especially musical) are welcome. Required text: Musical Instrument Design by Bart Hopkin.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

musical instrument design, sound design, experimental music

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 5:30-9:30p Thursday. First meeting will be Thursday January 8, 5:30pm, in Art Annex 0100.


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Required Fees

$80 for project materials and supplies

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Winter)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 16


Course Reference Numbers

Fr - So (4 credits): 20204
Jr - Sr (4 credits): 20205

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