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Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education? | #MakerEducation

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Via Smithsonian Mag.

Kaitlyn Hova is many things: a violinist, a web developer, a designer, a composer and a neuroscientist. And it was the blurring of these interests that bore a clear and clever idea.

As music programs are being slashed from school budgets, and STEM education is receiving more funding, why not take advantage of the influx of 3-D printers and teach students how to print their own musical instruments?

Hova and her husband, who cofounded Hova Labs, have developed the Hovalin, an open source, 3-D printable acoustic violin.

At “The Long Conversation,” an event that brought together 25 thinkers for an eight-hour relay of two-person dialogues at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building last December, Hova even performed on a souped-up Hovalin that paired her notes with a colorful light show emitted from the transparent body of the instrument.

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