Madonna once sang, “music makes the people come together.” If that’s the case, Daria Marmaluk Hajioannou has spent the last two decades bringing together children from all over the world. Winner of the 2009 Parents Choice Award, she has come up with ways to make instruments from unconventional items in order to allow children to reconnect with their cultural heritage.
Here are three DIY instruments you can make at home.
Pow-wow Drum and Beaters
This Native American instrument is a communal drum that numerous people can play. Talk about a jam session!
1) Large piece of fabric. Examples: Vinyl or fake skin
2) Wooden Dowels ( between 8-14 inches)
3) Electric tape
4) Decorations like feathers, yarn, and sharpies
1) Wrap one end of the dowels with electric tape.
2) Decorate the dowels with whatever materials and designs appeals to you. The beater is meant to reflect your personality.
3) Stretch the fabric to ensure better vibrations.
4) If possible, decorate your pow-wow drum too.