Yes, That’s a Vegetable Orchestra You Hear!

As a music graduate and instructor of the Explore It! “Music Makers” and “Music Production and Recording” class, I am always looking for new and interesting sounds to play around with and record with students. I love my job because I get to be teacher, artist, designer, and a student. I have the opportunity to design exciting lesson plans for each class that I teach, and I am always learning from our student how to be a more fun, imaginative and even a better musician.

This year I plan on incorporating vegetable instruments into my recording class! After watching “The Vegetable Orchestra” on youtube, I have been inspired to create my own version of a vegetable orchestra in my programs. I didn’t believe it either at first, but you can actually make instruments of out vegetables: carrot recorders, broccoli ocarinas, bell pepper trumpets and even pumpkin drums!

Check it out here:


If you would like to create your own carrot recorder with your child at home, please refer to my instructions below. Unfortunately children will not be able to make this one for themselves since it involves a drill and sharp knife to carve it, but they can be there every step of the way, crafting, learning and experimenting with you. What fun for a chilly fall afternoon on the back deck!


How To Make Your Own Carrot Recorder:

  1. Trim the top and bottom off of a large size carrot.
  2. With an electric drill, drill a hole lengthwise through the middle of the carrot from one end to the other. Make sure to blow out any shavings blocking the hole. Try to create a large enough hole so that the instrument has a resonant sound.
  3. Create six holes with the drill, making sure that you do not pierce the other side of the carrot. Refer to the picture below for the placement of the holes.
  4. Drill a “thumb” hole on the back or reverse side of the carrot. The placement of the thumb hole should be parallel to the front first hole.
  5. Lastly, to create the slanted air hole on the top front of the recorder, make two parallel slits with the knife that are one centimetre a part, as well as a perpendicular slit at the end closest to the mouthpiece. Using a flat screw driver, create a clean downward slope towards the carrot mouthpiece and blow out any shavings.This is the trickiest part of making the carrot recorder but also the most important part in producing a sound, so steady hands are needed.
  6. You’ve finished your carrot recorder! Now you can play a “ditty” for your whole family!