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The Green Life: Green Music Week: Instruments

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July 14, 2009

Green Music Week: Instruments

A recycling bin becomes a drum Whether you're grooving at an outdoor concert or listening to tunes on your iPod, our tips this week will help you express your environmentalism through music.

Tip #2: Make Your Own Instruments

Encourage your children's creativity, or have fun with musically inclined adult friends, with DIY instruments. Tin cans, cardboard boxes, and paper plates can be recycled into a rhythm section. Even vegetables can be musical: the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra performs concerts using only edible instruments. Find tutorials for making "carrot strummers" and "eggplant clappers" on PBS's The Greens Web site. When your concert is over, throw your instruments into a pot and enjoy a healthy dinner.

Share your tips: What are your suggestions for making homemade instruments?

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