Teaching your kids how to play music should be enjoyable and easy for them. However, learning to play traditional instruments like the piano or even guitar and then learning to read music isn’t always simple or fun at first. That’s where Musicon comes in.
For youngsters 2 and up, the huge wooden sound lab works a little like a barrel organ. The raised pegs (buttons) cause an instrument to sound when they hit key levers. At the center of Musicon is the barrel, which is home to 720 buttons that pop up when pressed. When a raised button comes into contact with a lever of one of the three instruments attached to the frame with magnets, a sound is produced – and the output is all analog, no digital processing or amplification required. The current array of instruments is made up of a xylophone, a drum and a percussive mill, but more extensions are planned for the future.
What feels like simply pushing buttons and having fun for kids can easily be seen by adults as lessons in cooperation, manual skills, math and even physics.
Musicon was first developed by Kamil Laszuk as his graduation thesis project back in 2011, then the project was followed by months of prototyping. Now the inventor and his 25-strong team of musicians, designers, engineers and child specialists all believe the machine is ready for production.
With only 28 hours left to get funded at Kickstarter, pledges can be made at almost any increment with some rewards. But a pledge of $2,799 will get you a very unique Musicon. You get one with 3 instruments, M-notebook to write down your music and “The Musicon” lesson book with some great ideas. At that price, Musicon maybe more suitable for day care or school installation than home use.