Lesson Plan

Musical Instruments + 3D Design

Students learn about musical instruments and design their own musical instruments.
Caitlin M.
Academic Technology Specialist
Harpeth Hall School
Nashville, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages

Students will be able to

  • Categorize musical instruments into group types (brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds)
  • Identify musical instruments by name
  • Create a 3D design of a musical instrument
Grades 7 – 8
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1 Hook

Free, Paid

Create a class Padlet wall. Have students brainstorm names of musical instruments and/or find pictures of different musical instruments.

2 Direct Instruction

Students watch the following videos to learn about different types of musical instruments. Discuss with students the commonalities and differences between instruments.

Brass Instruments

3 Guided Practice

Students play Sortify: Musical Instruments on BrainPOP in small groups and discuss different ways to classify musical instruments.

Individual students register for Tinkercad and complete the step-by-step tutorial lessons in the 'Learn' section of the page. Pair students to help each other with learning and troubleshooting.

4 Independent Practice

Students create their own musical instruments in Tinkercad.  Students can design as inidivudals or in pairs/small groups.

5 Wrap-Up

Students present their designs to the class. If available, use a 3D printer to print out the design.

Enrichment activity: Design additional musical instruments.  Have students blog about the process, including screenshots of the design and/or photographs of the 3D printed object.