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Invent an intriguing musical instrument

By Annalise Morley, Beat Maker & Music Teacher

Take the challenge set by musician and beat-maker Annalise and discover how to make musical instruments with objects around your home!

Annalise Morley is a musician, teacher and beat-maker from south London. She enjoys getting creative with sounds by using all kinds of unusual objects around her home to make music. She also runs a club for children and young people called Beats Lab to teach people how to write their own music.


Download the full set of activities to get started on this maker challenge.

Activity 1

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Be inventive!

Learn about different types of musical instruments and start to think about how you could create your own. What sound will yours make? Will it quack like a duck? Or pop like bubbles?!

Activity 2

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Tune in

With Annalise's handy tips you can hear sounds all over your home and outdoors that you may have never noticed before.

Activity 3

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Make some noise!

This activity is all about getting creative and starting to make some noise. Different materials make different sounds, have fun with these experiments and listen carefully!

Activity 4

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Your time to shine

Now you're starting make music you want to think about who you're going to be playing for and where you're gong to be playing. This activity will help make sure it's a show stopping performance.

Activity 5

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Get crafty

Now it's time to get making! What will your instrument look like? How will it be played? Can you make something you've never seen or heard before and be a real inventor?!

Invention sheet

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Draw your musical invention

Tell us about your invention and upload it (see below) for a chance to win a Little Inventors Book!

How to enter!

You can submit more than one invention idea.

Submit invention ideas through our upload page.

  1. Draw your inventionon the Annalise Morley Maker Challenge - Activity 3
  2. Scan or photograph the *whole* sheetas straight on as possible
  3. Upload it in JPEG, PNG or GIF format (choose a file)

Each invention idea will comprise of an image of a clear drawing, the name, age and location of the inventor, the name of the invention and a description, and a contact email address.

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