Makey Music

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Heidi MacGregor  

What do you get when you cross a music teacher with a STEM integration specialist? Makey music! Learn how third-grade students built their own interpretation of a musical instrument using cardboard, Makey Makey and more brass fasteners than expected. See how they then coded pentatonic scales using Scratch 3.0.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: or Wakelet app
Topic: Innovation in early childhood/elementary
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Music
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how to code pentatonic scales using Scratch 3.0.

Participants will see examples of students demonstrating their creative projects by playing their own original pentatonic compositions on their instruments via a SeeSaw blog.

If we are able to present in-person, participants will have an opportunity to test student-made Makey Makey instruments.

A Wakelet of resources will be provided to participants.


Collaborating and sharing teacher expertise across disciplines to enhance student experiences. (10 minutes)

Students using the Engineering Design Process in collaborative partnerships to create their own interpretation of a musical instrument using cardboard, MaKey MaKey, and more brass fasteners that we expected. (10 minutes)

Students developing coding skills to create pentatonic scales using Scratch 3.0. (10 minutes)

Students demonstrating their creative projects by playing their own original pentatonic compositions on their instruments. (10 minutes)

Student-made instruments will be available for participants to try them out in hands-on exploration. Conversation and brainstorming with each other and the presenter are encouraged (20 minutes)

Supporting research

Jay Silver, PhD and Eric Rosenbaum, PhD:

Colleen Graves:
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius (book)

Education Closet:
What is STEM Education?

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Heidi MacGregor, Russell Street School
ISTE Certified Educator

Heidi MacGregor is the K-5 STEM Integration Specialist for Littleton Public Schools. Prior to this position, she taught 4th grade for 10 years at Russell Street Elementary School. Heidi is a proud ISTE Certified Educator and is a MakerSpace and Global Education enthusiast. She is always looking for new and exciting ways to amplify student voices. She serves on the MassCUE Board of Directors, the MassCUE Professional Development Committee, MassCUE Influence and Advocacy Committee and is the leader of the MassCUE MakerSpace SIG. In addition, she is one of the co-founders of Middlesex Scratch Meetups.