TKA Student Designs and Creates One-of-a-Kind Instrument, Composes and Performs Original Piece
Jon McGrath of Loxahatchee, a senior at The King’s Academy, put his passion for mathematics, music, and engineering to work in designing and creating what he calls a Pipe-A-Phone instrument out of PVC pipe. He then wrote an original composition and additional instrumentation for performance.
“This project put my imagination to the test right alongside my mathematical and musical skills, and now I get to play the instrument and share it with others.”
The project took Jon and his father, FPL lineman Don McGrath, 1.5 years and more than 140 hours from concept to completion. “The most challenging part of the project was assembling a musical instrument that was organized and mathematically accurate without any basis for design,” Jon explains. “but it was rewarding to have finished the instrument after bringing it from concept to completion.”
The instrument, made of PVC pipe and Starboard, is similar to a piano keyboard with 32 total notes/pipes and covering 2.5 octaves of the musical spectrum. A video of Jon’s original composition Tubed Groove performed in concert at The King’s Academy along with fellow TKA students Emily Vander May, Lawrence Parmar, Ryan Kassem, Chip Collier, and Stanley Dessalines is available on The King’s Academy’s YouTube channel.