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.

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

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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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