Black Line Masters for the
MENC: The National Association for Music Education
In Harmony With Education® Program
In this packet, you will find five masters, labeled with letters a-e, to be duplicated for use as you
teach the lessons outlined in the In Harmony With Education program Teacher’s Guide.
The remaining, numbered masters can be duplicated by you or your students as a source of ideas
for the task of building musical instruments. These masters are not, however, the only possibilities that
you or your students should explore. They are included here because they are instruments that are:
• Relatively inexpensive (most of the parts can be purchased at either a hardware store or, in the
case of strings for some instruments, at a neighborhood music store).
• Likely to work well together.
• Well-suited to teaching important aspects of the production of musical sound.
Your students may elect to make instruments that are much simpler than those described here.
If limited by time or resources, for example, students may produce:
• An Indian jaltarang, a percussion instrument consisting of a series of bowls tuned by the level of
water in each bowl.
• A zither consisting of a series of rubber bands stretched over a resonant cavity (large Styrofoam
cups work well).
• Percussion instruments such as spoons (clappers) or shakers—or even an “instrument of defined
Whenever students produce instruments with definite pitch, you will want to make certain that
the pitches used will work in the context of the In Harmony With Education program. This means
that the instruments should produce pitches from the pentatonic scale, G, A, B, D, E. (Note that
some of the instruments defined in the Black Line Masters produce a plagal version of this scale, D,
E, G, A, B). Whatever the students’ approach, you should encourage them to think through the
cultural background of their instruments, the best musical uses of their instruments, and the scientific
implications of the ways that they can use their instrument