D.I.Y. Science – Make your own music

The D.I.Y. Science series contains some of our favourite experiments for kids to try at home. They are designed to help school teachers and carers inspire a child’s curiosity in science. It’s time to get hands-on.

In this episode, we learn how to make different musical notes by controlling the vibrations of an elastic band.

This resource is suited to Physics students in years 1 and 9 who are learning about sound energy and waves. It provides a fun demonstration about how sound is made, and how we can use this knowledge to make musical instruments.

D.I.Y Science: Make Your Own Music

Make your own high and low notes with your own weird whirring widget.

Video Length: 2:00 mins

With thanks to Questacon.

Can you play a musical instrument? Have you ever wondered how all those different musical notes are made? Find out by trying the activity in this short video.


What you’ll need:

1 x pair of scissors
2 x wooden paddle pop sticks
1 x drinking straw
1 x large elastic/rubber band
2 x small elastic/rubber bands

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Years: 1, 9


Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers; Technology; Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Physical Sciences – Energy