Yamaha Design “Synapses” Make and Play!
KIDS DESIGN AWARD
Creating Musical Instruments with Objects Around the House.
Making your own musical instrument can bring an even greater sense of pleasure when you play it. We have designed a framework that lets even very young children learn to make and play their own instruments, giving even more children a formative experience that brings them in contact with music and musical instruments.
Create the shapes you like and color them any way you want. By retaining only the essence of using musical instruments to make sound, we have been able to bring out the unique personality of each child. Anywhere these experiences take place is sure to be full of the sounds of these instruments being played along with the laughter of children.
Musical instruments will be much more familiar if we can make them from materials found around the house. Offering an easily understandable set of instructions and a template that makes it simple to get started, increases the appeal of making papercraft musical instruments both in Japan and around the world.
Our “Make and Play” program aims for children to become engrossed in playing the handmade instruments they create. With this activity in mind, we created some accompaniment tracks as well that make playing even more fun. All of the children who pick up their own handmade instrument and make just the sounds they like can definitely call themselves musicians.
The children involved in this activity can find joy in the original sounds made by these instruments that they create with as few materials and steps as possible, playing these instruments through the basic actions of plucking, blowing, and hitting.
- Ryo Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory