Introduction: Interactive Aural Music Notation With Makey Makey
How to make an interactive music notation poster or piano keyboard to learn staff notation and aural note/pitch activities.
Makey Makey Classic, template printout, laminator and sheets, aluminium foil, scissors, double sided tape, ruler, pen, craft knife, cutting mat, guillotine
Step 1: Print, Laminate and Cut Templates
Print the PowerPoint file, see tip below. I have made 2 files that can be used with the same Scratch file, a Treble Clef or a Piano.
Laminate the printed template.
- Cut either side of the dotted line
- On the front clef (bottom clef, without the dotted rectangles) cut at both ends of the staff lines
- Cut at the bottom of the front piano image (top image with small squares) leaving about 1cm at the top of the bottom image which will become your base
- Cut off the remaining sides of the front piano image
The Powerpoint file is set up to print A4. It is also an editable document so you can change the size of the images if you wish to change it to Letter or A3.
Notation images from The Big Free Music Notation Image Library by Midnight Music https://midnightmusic.com.au/2013/06/the-big-free-music-notation-image-library/
Step 2: Cut Holes for Makey Makey Keys
- Use the craft knife to cut out the inside of all the semibreve notes.
- Use the craft knife to cut out the inside of all the small squares.
Place a cutting mat underneath so you don't cut your table.
Step 3: Add the Aluminium Foil Strips to the Base
The same instructions apply to the Treble Clef and the Piano template.
- Stick double sided tape inside the dotted rectangle on the base plate, run it to the top and fold over the back an extra 1.5-2cm. Don't peel the tape backing off until you are ready to stick on the Alfoil (Aluminium Foil).
- Measure the width of the dotted rectangles, you do not want to have the alfoil too close together.
- Measure the length from the end of the dotted rectangle to the top of the laminated sheet, add an extra 1.5-2cm to fold the Alfoil over onto the back. This will ensure the alfoil doesn't come away from the laminated sheet and will last longer.
- Cut strips of Alfoil to your above measurements.
- Peel the backing off the double sided sticky tape on the first one (do one at a time or your project might stick to the table!).
- Stick a piece of Alfoil onto the tape and fold it over the back.
- Repeat for all the strips.
Step 4: Stick the Top to the Base
- Stick double sided sticky tape around all edges of the top.
- Peel back about 1cm of the tape backing to help you when placing the top on the base. (If you peel the entire backing strip off to start with, you may find it hard to separate the top and base if you need to reposition)
- When you have positioned the top on the base (use the staff lines as your guide on the Treble Clef), press the corners down that have the tape backing pulled back. This will secure the position.
- Pull the tape backing off from one side and secure the top by pressing along the edge.
- Repeat for each side.
Step 5: Connect the Makey Makey
Connect the Makey Makey to the Treble Clef or Piano using the below key guide starting from left to right:
Middle C4 - W key
D4 - A key
E4 - S key
F4 - D key
G4 - F key
A4 - G key
B4 - Space
C5 - Left Arrow
D5 - Up Arrow
E5 - Down Arrow
F5 - Right Arrow
Connect the Makey Makey to the computer via the USB.
Use the following Scratch projects with the Treble Clef or the Piano:
- learn note names
- learn position of the note on the Treble Clef
- Aural practice
- Identifying Intervals