Origami Orchestra

Folding and using musical instruments

    School sections
    • Primary
    • Upper secondary school
    • Lower secondary school
    Educational subjects
    • Instrumental practice
    • Music, Rhythm and movement
    • Music and technologies
    • Music and…

Origami Orchestra

This interdisciplinary, creative, economical, safe and easy to access path makes use of paper for music purposes.

Starting from the timbre-acoustic analysis of paper, the path promotes its use with the aim to make innovative musical instruments and sonorous objects through the ancient art of origami.

The creation and use of the Origami Orchestra offers the possibility to discover and understand the sonorous universe, benefitting immediately from the joy of making music together.

The path promotes active participation in the music experience, and the direct knowledge of musical instruments, as well as the development of key competences and manual and creative abilities.

The activity has had positive outcomes with regard to school drop-out recovering minors at risk, and to music-therapy. It has been experienced with success in various primary schools, lower secondary schools and upper secondary schools, and it has been presented at international conferences.

Work tools

Paper (various types),

Pieces of paper with format A4, A3, A5

Educational purposes

The skills, goals and training objectives selected by the teacher for this experience are shown below.

    • Sound perception
    • Analysis
    • Comprehension
    • Execution
    Reading and Writing
    • Use of unconventional analogic music notation
    • Learning to listen to oneself and to the others
    • Exploring, identifying and elaborating sound phenomena on the basis of quality, space and source
    • Exploring different expressive capacities of voice, musical objects and musical instruments
    • Producing timbre, melodic and rhythmic combinations applying basic schemes; executing them with the voice, the body and instruments (including IT tools).
    • Improvising freely and creatively gradually learning to master techniques and materials
    • Playing, alone or in group, simple vocal or instrumental pieces of music belonging to different genres and cultures, using also didactic instruments and self-made tools.
    Reading and Writing
    • Using analog and codified notation
    Lower secondary school
    • Understands and evaluates events, materials, and musical works recognising their meanings, also in relation to his/her own musical experience and the different historical/sociological context.
    • Capacity to conceive and create music and multimedia messages, also though improvisation or collective elaboration processes, using also IT tools, in critical confrontation with models belonging to the musical heritage
    Reading and Writing
    • Using different notation systems functional to reading, analysis and reproduction of pieces of music
    • Integrating one’s own music experience with other knowledge and practices using appropriate codes and codification systems
Educational targets

The students learn how to:

- explore, identify and classify sounds and instruments;
- explore the various timbre-acoustics, rhythmic and expressive possibilities of paper;
- identify the parameters of sound;
- listen to themselves and others;
- decipher, invent and write instructions, symbols and diagrams;
- make musical instruments using only paper;
- use paper for music purposes.


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