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Summer Camp - Circuits and Sound


Ages 12 and up
July 23 - 27
10AM - 2PM
Cost: $200 (scholarships available)
Students may elect to extend the day until 4pm for additional explorations, for an additional $20 per day.

Learn to solder!
Learn basics of circuitry!
Build your own functioning electronic instrument or effects pedal!

Many trends in music over the past 50+ years have been based on the ability to harness and direct the flow of electrons through a circuit in order to produce and/or shape sound. In this camp, we will focus on understanding one of the building blocks of electronic musical instruments/synthesizers: the oscillator. Our investigations will progress from modelling an oscillator circuit mechanically (with just a battery connected directly to a speaker), to prototyping oscillator circuits on a solder-less breadboard, to soldering together a functioning electronic instrument to take home. *Depending on interest and experience, participants can choose between building an oscillator from components, or building a kit of their choosing. Kits could be amplifiers, guitar pedals, synths, etc. Kits may entail additional cost.* Participants will receive instruction on safe and effective soldering technique. Ages 12 and up (younger students possible at the discretion of the instructor). Limited to 6 participants.

Email laynegarrett at with any questions or to reserve a space. ($50 deposit required.)

Layne Garrett is an improvising musician, instrument builder, educator, and parent based in Takoma DC. He has been building and playing instruments of his own design for over 10 years. He has taught instrument building classes, camps, and workshops at Bethesda KID Museum, Rhizome DC, FutureMakers, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and area schools.

Earlier Event: July 16
Summer Camp - Experimental Music