Porch Music Store Volunteers Teach East Forest Students How to Make Their Own Instruments

Have you ever heard of the canjo? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. A canjo is an early string instrument made from an old soup can (hence the name, canjo).

An example of a professionally made Canjo by Roberto Cipriano, licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The soup can would serve as the instrument’s resonator, and a hole would be drilled through the bottom to serve as the bridge. When the instrument’s complete, it would sound almost like a banjo.


Student Peighton Trout gets to work on her very own canjo.

This is what Mrs. Priesel’s 5th and 6th-grade students at East Forest Elementary School would have the opportunity to learn and experience firsthand for themselves. Knowledgeable volunteers from the Porch Music Store in Franklin would donate their own time and materials to instruct the students on how to make their very own instrument, the Canjo.

They would also be given tuners to keep their instruments in tune so they could put together several folk songs to be performed at the Spring Concert at East Forest.

Porch Music Store is a one of a kind resource for folk musicians, aspiring or experienced. They have a workshop program that offers lessons for guitar, ukulele, piano, keyboard, and more.