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Programmable Music Box Kit

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Teaching Notes
Key Stage 3
Program the Music Box Kit to a tune of your choice using PIC Processors and Flowchart Software. The tune is then played once the micro switch is activated.

Availability: In Stock.

Code1+ 5+ 50+
(£5.004 incl VAT)
(£3.504 incl VAT)
(£3.144 incl VAT)

The music box has a micro switch used to start the music when the box lid is opened, or can be triggered by a passing coin in to a money box. The kit can be used with your choice of 8 pin PIC processor and flowchart software. A simple programming task allows the student to play a tune of their choice when the switch it activated. The kit is compatible with most educational PICs & software. Programming is via a 3.5mm jack interface.


  • This board is compatible with most education Flowcharting Systems.
  • A simple programming task allows the student to play a tune of their choice when the switch it activated.



  • PCB Length: 46mm.
  • PCB Width: 36mm.




  • This kit requires soldering.
  • Processor not included.
  • You will also need either the PICAXE or GENIE programming software and lead.

Free samples:

Teachers can order a sample of this kit (one per school) here. You will need to select the kit from a list of all the sample kits; the stock code for this kit is 2122.
Note: this service is only offered to schools for evaluation purposes only.

Buy British:

 This kit is designed and manufactured in the UK by Kitronik.


Posted by Sam, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 on product Programmable Music Box Kit


I have brought this kit however I only have a mac and for programming the igloo board with the picaxe chip I use blockly. This also works well with the pupils (who have chromebooks). Is there a tutorial of how to set up the music box to test it and program it using blockly? I just can't seem to figure it out! Thank you


  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 11 January 2017

    Hello Sam, Currently we don’t have any resources for the PICAXE blockly program you are using. However I have looked into this and it appears that PICAXE do state in the following guide ways of using some functions to make a tune/song, page 14 and 15.

Posted by John Parnum, Friday, 30 September 2016 on product Programmable Music Box Kit


I have all the kit to programme a picaxe 08 chip. Where can I find suitable software for this music kit ? Thanks John Parnum


Posted by HAMZA DAKKA, Tuesday, 22 December 2015 on product Programmable Music Box Kit


I bought 2122- music box, how long the music playing time? any similar project/ic with longer playing time- I bought sample of each of the pic- thanks


  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 22 December 2015

    The length of time the tune will be played for will depend upon a number of factors. As the tune is coded up as a series of notes and durations, this code is then stored to the microcontroller along with additional code which the microcontroller needs. Since there are different capacities of microcontroller and it is not easy to determine what other code might be being stored, detailing how long the music will play for is not straight forward. It is possible that you may have serval minutes if not tens of minutes of play time, but without knowing what else the processor program memory has to store it is very hard to say. We also don’t have any other kits which would be suitable.

Posted by Nick West, Thursday, 12 November 2015 on product Programmable Music Box Kit


I have programmed the kit to play rtttl files which I've downloaded from the internet. PicAxe plays the tune and downloads it to the IC. The circuit plays it back only if a component or battery is unplugged and plugged back in again. The switch does not switch it on. Everything is wired up correctly as per the instructions. Regards.


  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Thursday, 12 November 2015

    There could be a few reasons why the circuit isn’t working when the switch is pressed, I would suggest checking IC1 pin 4 for dry joints, input1 and switch connections for dry joints and the switch is connected to input 1 and not input 2. If you are still having issues contact us via

Posted by Craig Bishop, Friday, 2 October 2015 on product Programmable Music Box Kit


Sir, We have recently purchased these electronic music box kits and despite our best efforts the ICT teacher can't get the computer to recognise the kit when plugged in via the usb lead. The lead drivers work and the computer knows the lead is plugged in but the kit is not picked up, can you give us some advice please? Many thanks Craig


  • Posted by Michael Lockhart on Friday, 2 October 2015

    There could be a few issues as to why you are unable to detect the IC on the kit. It would be advisable to check all solder joints and possible re-heat them to ensure they are connected. The kit also needs to be connected to a power source so the IC has power while it is connected to the PC.

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