What would happen if a music classroom had access to a 3D printer, and if a music teacher included 3D printing in their lessons?
3D printing has become a new and exciting tool in schools around the world, allowing students to practice skills such as design, mathematics, problem solving, and even critical thinking as they engineer new products previously inconceivable before.
So far, most of this technology has been reserved for school Makerspaces and STEAM powered classrooms. What would happen if music class included 3D printing into their learning. What would you do if as a music teacher you were granted access to a 3D printer? How would you use it where the students not only are learning about music but also getting the most out of the experience using the unique piece of machinery?
From my experience, every piece of technology out there can be used in any type of learning environment, you just need a little creativity to make it work for you. I thought to myself, what if I had a 3D printer in my old classroom? How would I use it?
Say you are doing your yearly unit on instrument families, how could you take it a step further?
Take this opportunity to work with your school art teacher. You teach about the science of sound while they discuss sculpture techniques and history.
What is better than bringing notation and composition to life in a 3D model?
My favorite 3D printers come from MakerBot. Well let’s just say they are the favorite printer company I frequent at conferences to stare longingly at their awesome products. If you want to try free hand 3D printing, try 3D Doodler. The one I have is an amazing piece of awesomeness.