Online Family Program: DeFord Bailey DIY Harmonicas

Aug 28, 202003:30 PM - 04:15 PM

Create your own harmonica from craft sticks and rubber bands, inspired by country music’s first Black American star, DeFord Bailey, and the science of sound waves. A popular early star on the Grand Ole Opry, Bailey played the harmonica in an innovative style that was influenced by sounds around him, such as chugging trains and barking hounds. What sounds will you make on your new harmonica? Led by a museum educator on Zoom. Recommended for ages six and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.


Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free.


Materials needed:

  • Two craft sticks (Save your Popsicle sticks!)
  • Three rubber bands
  • A straw, toothpick, or piece of paper folded into a long skinny shape
  • Scissors


Click here to register.


By signing up for this program, you are confirming that a guardian will be present with youth under age thirteen. An educator will send a Zoom invitation to you by 11:00 a.m. the morning of the program. Registration closes at 10:00 a.m. the morning of the program, and accommodations are guaranteed for museum members. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

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