Online Family Program: DeFord Bailey DIY Harmonicas

Apr 10, 202110:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Create your own harmonica from craft sticks and rubber bands, inspired by country music’s first Black American star, DeFord Bailey. A popular early star on the Grand Ole Opry, Bailey played innovative harmonica music that was influenced by sounds around him, such as chugging trains and barking hounds. What sounds will you make on your new harmonica? 

Recommended for ages five and up, but all are welcome. A guardian or adult is required to be present for children under thirteen.  

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




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




By signing up for this program, you are confirming that a guardian or adult will be present with youth under age thirteen. An educator will send a Zoom invitation to you by 9:30 a.m. the morning of the program. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. the day before the program, and accommodations are guaranteed for museum members. While space is limited, a minimum number of participants is required for this program to take place. While the instructor will have audio and video on during the program, it is optional for participants to turn their cameras and/or audio on during the live program. We will not record video or audio of participants for use after the program. This program is designed for youth 18 and under. Please know adults without children present are not permitted. Please reach out to if you have any questions.




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