Holiday Programme: Trash to Tunes Music-Making Workshop

  • When Wed 19 Apr 2017, 9:00am–5:00pm
  • Where
    Hīnātore | Learning Lab, Level 4 at Te Papa, and Capital E
  • Cost $75. Suitable for ages 9–14. BYO lunch – everything else is provided.
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Rubber Band Conch Shell Instrument


Rubber Band Conch Shell Instrument, 2017, Te Papa

Calling all musical inventers! Kids, come and explore sound, create instruments from recycled materials, and digitally record a music track.

Plus, design an album-cover using your band’s photo, and explore how to add visuals to your track.

9am–12.30pm: At Te Papa:

  • investigate the science of sound: sound waves, pitch, vibrations, waveform patterns, vectorscopes
  • explore modern and traditional instruments – including Māori and Pacific instruments from Te Papa’s collection
  • invent, design, and build your own acoustic/analogue musical instruments from upcycled and found objects and other materials.


Lunch in Frank Kitts Park (or Hīnātore if bad weather)

1.30pm–5pm: At Capital E:

  • digitally record your instrument and build a multi-track file using audio-production tools
  • create an album cover and explore ways of adding visuals to your music track
  • learn about the art of song creation, and explore the limits of what music can be
  • show your family or friends what you’ve made!