Teaching Music, a MUSIC SHEET That Actually SOUNDS!

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Introduction: Teaching Music, a MUSIC SHEET That Actually SOUNDS!

About: I am a passionate industrial designer that loves to create all kind of things. I also studied some semesters of Robotics at the university. I love learning and teaching as well. If you have any questions abo…

I was thinking about music education, reading music sheets and how difficult it was for me to learn this, so I decided I should make something that would make learning much easier for children. I started studying what could be the biggest problem on this topic and I found that when we read "do" "re" "mi" notes, the sounds we make with our mouths don't really match the sounds of an instrument, we learn to read something with words when we really should understand the sounds. This is why I decided to create with Makey Makey music sheets that sound, so when learning to read them the children also understand how those notes sound.

Estaba pensando sobre la educación musical, la lectura de partituras y sobre cuánto me costó llegar a aprender esto, por consiguiente quise hacer algo que hiciera el aprendizaje mucho más fácil para los niños. Me puse a estudiar cuál podría ser la mayor problemática de este tema y me encontré con que cuando leemos notas “do” “re” “mi”, los sonidos que hacemos con nuestra boca en realidad no coinciden con los sonidos de un instrumento, aprendemos a leer algo con palabras, cuando realmente deberíamos entender los sonidos. Por esto decidí crear con Makey Makey partituras con sonido, así al aprender a leerlas los niños también entienden como suenan esas notas que están leyendo.

Supplies

  • Makey makey
  • 2x Card stock
  • Metallic tape
  • Cutter
  • Masking tape

  • Makey makey
  • Dos cartulinas
  • Cinta metálica
  • Bisturí
  • Cinta de enmascarar

Step 1: Find a Song

1. Find a song (the music sheet) to reproduce and print it (x2), in my case I use the Song of Joy. (The 5 marks that I left in the upper left correspond to the 5 notes that this melody has and where we will grab the cables of the makey makey)

1. Buscar una partitura para reproducir e imprimirla (x2), en mi caso use el Himno a la Alegría. (Las 5 marcas que dejé en la parte superior izquierda corresponden a las 5 notas que tiene esta melodía y a donde agarraremos los cables del makey makey)

Step 2: Cutting

2. Cut each circle of each note on one sheet.

2. De una hoja recortar cada círculo de cada nota.

Step 3: Metallic Tape

3. On the other sheet tape thin pieces of metallic tape and when you need to pass one over the other, you can put masking tape to make some kind of bridge.

Try to connect all the notes.

3. En la otra hoja se pegan pedazos delgados de cinta metálica y cuando se necesita pasar uno sobre otro, se puede poner cinta de enmascarar para que haga de puente.

Se debe intentar conectar todas las notas.

Step 4: My Example

4. Actually in doing so it didn´t get as orderly as I expected it to be, I hope you do much better in this part.

4. Realmente al hacerlo no me quedó tan ordenado como esperaba que quedara, espero a ustedes les vaya mucho mejor en esta parte.

Step 5: Gluing

5. Both cards are glued together.

5. Se pegan ambas cartulinas.

Step 6: Makey Makey

6. Now connect to the Makey Makey (taking into account the notes)
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6. Se conecta al Makey Makey (teniendo en cuenta las notas)
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Step 7: Play It

7. Play it by touching it (And with the other hand touching the ground on the Makey makey)

7. Reprodúcelo al tocar cada nota (Y con la otra mano tocar tierra en el Makey makey)

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14 Comments

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frompaint2pixels
frompaint2pixels

1 year ago

I love the idea. I would like to try it; however I do not know what makey makey is. Can
you help me?

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mrsowlsclass
mrsowlsclass

Question 1 year ago on Step 3

Hola Lina María, have you tried using magnetic paint on the back of the sheet music 🎶 instead of cutting out the notes?

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Lina Maria
Lina Maria

Answer 1 year ago

how would it work? ... I would need to add like small circles on the notes (on the front of the sheet) for them to get "connected" to the magnetic paint?
I just googled magnetic paint because I didn´t know about it... it sounds really interesting for many projects :D
Thank you :)

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mrsowlsclass
mrsowlsclass

Reply 1 year ago

The way I would try it is that I would paint dots where the notes are on the front of one sheet of music and on the back of another music sheet and use those dots as your contact with the rest of the circuit...sort of like a press/sandwich switch? I have to stay home a while like a lot of teachers so I’d like to give it a try 😊

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Lina Maria
Lina Maria

Reply 1 year ago

Oh I understand now!!!! yes! it sounds good!!!
If you do it please show us :D

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KetkA
KetkA

1 year ago

Hola Lina María. Un trabajo sencillo pero a la vez original y perfecto. Me ha gustado mucho. Me encantan los proyectos eléctricos y electrónicos musicales. Recibe un cordial saludo desde España.

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Lina Maria
Lina Maria

Reply 1 year ago

Muchas gracias, me alegra mucho que guste :)
Cordial saludo

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Jordi RC
Jordi RC

1 year ago

Congratulations Lina, muchas felicidades, I love it your project, I'm going to do it soon to put it together with my piano, what better accessory than the winner of the 1 prize, that Makey makey's music plays!

Greetings from Vigo!
Jordi R Crespo

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Lina Maria
Lina Maria

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you!
Show me when you do it ;)

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Enriquep94
Enriquep94

1 year ago

Great! I love it!

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Lina Maria
Lina Maria

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you :D

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MakeyMakey
MakeyMakey

1 year ago

This is so cool, Lina Maria! We have some other piano guides we were about to feature on our blog; nowwe are going to add your great idea at makeymakey.com/blog! Thanks for sharing this and even in two languages! You are awesome!

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Lina Maria
Lina Maria

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you :)