DIY – Glass Harp
by Realo Maria Andrea Olores
Find out how to create musical notes by using recycled glasses.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Suitable For: 4 - 5 years old
Estimated Time: < 15 mins
Physical - object control, establishing good grip, stability
Intellectual - organizing, improving attention/focus, discriminating pitch
Emotional - confidence, emotional release, independence
Social - team work, ability to present to a group of audience, role-play
Arrange the 8 glasses/ jars/ bottles in one row.
Have the spoon ready and teach the student to hit the jar with control. Hit each jar from one end to the other. Ask the students to have a freehand on the melody they want to play. Note: Play using these jars/bottles that represent whole notes (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do),. Can also introduce playing structured musical pieces such as a Birthday Song or Do-Re-Mi song from Sound of Music.
8 glasses of the same height and size (or jam jars, coke glass bottles etc.)
Spoon (wooden or metal e.g. discarded TV or radio antenna)
Food colouring (optional)
Pour water inside the jars in this order: start with a small amount of water, then gradually increasing the amount as you reach towards the opposite end.