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

Environment: Outdoors

Learning Framework

  • 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


Step 1

Arrange the 8 glasses/ jars/ bottles in one row.

Step 3

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.)

  • Water

  • Spoon (wooden or metal e.g. discarded TV or radio antenna)

  • Food colouring (optional)

Step 2

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.

Step 4

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