About Make Music Day

The Museum of Making Music is a proud participant in Make Music Day, a free global celebration of music on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

In partnership with Make Music Day and Make Music Day, San Diego, the Museum of Making Music joins the global Make Music Day celebration by offering “Pay what you wish!” admission and musical activities all day long. There is something for everyone during Make Music Day. All activities are included with Museum (pay what you wish) admission.

Earth Harp

The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Developed by William Close, the body of the instrument rests on stage, with strings that travel out OVER the audience and attach to structures or architecture. Played with rosin-covered gloves, the performer runs their hands along the strings to create lush, vibrant tones similar to that of a cello.

To celebrate Make Music Day, William will be installing an Earth Harp in our parking lot! With strings stretching from our building’s balcony to a stage in the center of our lot, you won’t want to miss live performances throughout the day.

The Earth Harp has been installed and played throughout the world; its strings have been fixed to temples in Vietnam, strung in the famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Coliseum in Rome, and outstretched to attach to the Seattle Space Needle, The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. And now it will add Carlsbad to the list!

Open Mic Stage

Are you ready to play in front of an audience? Hop up on our open mic stage and give it a try! Musicians of all ages and experience levels are invited to sign up for a slot on our “Open Mic Stage.” Performances will take place every half an hour and we ask that participants perform a 15-minute set. Registration opens June 1st at 9AM. Time slots will be filled on a first-come, first served basis. We will provide a basic sound system with a microphone(s) but participants will need to bring their own instruments.

Family Fun!

Studio ACE from Oceanside will be providing a number of fun workstations and activities for kids and families all day long! Studio ACE is dedicated to enriching lives through the Arts, Community and Education.
Creation Station 1 - Cardboard Harp

Kids and families would be able to make their own harp from a cardboard magazine holder. They will be able to decorate their harp how they like using stickers and markers. The participants would then place rubber bands around pre-marked all holes and play to their hearts content.

Creation Station 2 - Shakers

Using 6” white cardboard tubes, kids and families would decorate with stickers, markers and yarn. Inside the tube they will use bells or beads to create their own sound.

STEAM Station 1

This station will show how the vibration of a tuning fork vibrates to move water and a ping pong ball. To move the ping-pong ball, the participant would gently hit a tuning fork against a book and place it next to the ball, which is hanging from a string (I will have the ping pong ball on a stand that can sit on the table). In the other part of this station, participants will once again gently hit a tuning fork against a book, but this time it will be placed in the water, to see how the vibration moves the water.

STEAM Station 2

We will set up a giant xylophone with different colored water in each vessel. Using a rubber or wooden (small) mallet, participants will gently hit the vessels to see how pitch changes with different volumes of water.

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