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Coptic Museum of Canada Workshop (on Zoom): Making Music with Bottles!

June 19, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us in a fun and creative experience!

  • Sitting at home during lockdown looking for a fun activity to do with friends and family?
  • Wanted to play music but not sure how to start?
  • Don’t read music notes and don’t have a musical instrument?

Not to worry, we can teach you how to make your own instrument, tune it and enjoy playing your own music!


  • 5, 6 or 7 glass bottles (pop, beer, water)
  • 355 ml (12oz) bottles, should all be the same size
  • Water jug
  • Download free app: Tuner Lite

To safely resume its activities during the pandemic, the Coptic Museum of Canada has decided to offer workshops through the Zoom platform.

The first workshop will be held on Saturday June 19 from 1-2pm: Making Music with Bottles! facilitated by Nagaty Banayoty who together with his friends came up with the idea of playing music by whistling into bottles when they were university students in Egypt and could not afford an instrument. The idea was an instant success! They performed concerts for over five years and were eventually able to purchase a set hand bells.

Once in Canada, Nagaty joined the Ingram Ringers. He also runs groups of hand bell ringers and bottle whistlers! Handbells and bottle whistling are not a Coptic heritage but Nagaty’s story illustrates his creativity and is an example of cross-cultural engagement.

The workshop is free for anyone from Grade 7 to seniors.

This is an introductory workshop with demonstrations of how you can make music with (recycled) bottles! There will be breaks to ask questions.

Preregistration is required:

Registration deadline: June 13, 2021




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