Growing up, I have always wondered how keyboard instruments work. Four-year-old me was enthralled: you push a button, and somehow sound comes out! Without electricity! I remained in the dark about how these instruments work until a teacher my freshman year in high school talked about “reverse engineering”—taking apart something to see how it works. That got me interested—could I do that to a keyboard instrument? What better way to learn how these instruments worked than building one myself?
The opportunity presented itself this year. One of the classes I am taking this year is called WISE, where the first semester is a rigorous English class and the second semester, we each pick a project—nearly anything—and work like mad to complete it. For my project, I thought it would be perfect to construct a harpsichord from a kit ordered online. This would not only provide myself with a (very) hands-on way to see how the instrument works, but also a way to give back to the music department at my high school, to which I am eternally grateful. After completion of the harpsichord, I would donate the finished instrument to our music department for use in cantatas, Brandenburg concerti, and anything else in need of that unique sound. This instrument would impact high school students for decades to come.
After a little research, buying a kit seemed like the best way to construct a harpsichord. This is where I need YOUR help! Please consider contributing to my fundraiser to help support not only an exciting project for myself, but enriching an already vibrant music program by adding richer sounds and greater opportunities for students for years to come. Thank you in advance for supporting my project!
Risks and challenges
You might be asking yourself, “Is this possible to complete in this short amount of time?” I would say, “Absolutely!” The kit I am looking to purchase is very high quality and there is so much quality instruction available; I am sure I will be able to find answers to my questions as they spring up. These kits take around 250-300 hours of work—a lot of work, for sure, but I am prepared to put in multiple hours every day to ensure the instrument is ready by its premiere performance on June 10. I also have secured quite a bit of money through grants already, and I believe that I am reaching out to a large group of supportive people that can carry my project the rest of the way there.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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