Introduction: Pan Flute

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A pan flute is a member of the woodwind family of instruments. The length of the straw determines the note that is played. Sound is produced by the vibration of an air-stream blowing through the straw. The air resonates the straw producing a pitch. The longer the straw the lower the pitch, the shorter the straw the higher the pitch. There are 8 notes in a scale. The lowest note and the highest note are called an octave. Therefore the longest straw is an octave higher than the shortest one.


8 plastic straws





Step 1: Measure

Start with a 6” straw and then remove a ½” from the rest of the straws.

Your straws should be:

  • 5.5”
  • 5”
  • 4.5”
  • 4”
  • 3.5”
  • 3”
  • 2.5”

Step 2: Cut

Cut straws but save the excess for spacers!

Step 3: Spacers

Cut all excess pieces to 2" for spacers and place them in between each straw.

Step 4: Tape

Carefully tape your straws together.