Posted Aug 16, 2009 by Heidi Doyle and Joanne Sweet
How does someone who is deaf enjoy music? Can they hear it? Can they make it? Through exploring the life and music of Evelyn Glennie, students will understand that music is sound produced by vibrations, and will create their own instrument out of found objects to compose a musical score for presentation.
Can earthquakes write music? Using seismograms and music score sheets, students record the earth’s movements to create Earthquake Symphonies. Students listen to and analysis the music of Beethoven’s Eroica and how it relates to the movement of the earth.
Can we hear the sounds of music? Students will predict how well they think they can detect the dynamics of music by well known composers. Through scientific inquiry, students will create an entry for the science fair which compares predictions with data collected by a Quacker Tracker while their musical selection is played.
Students will discover how the love of music connected two important figures in world history: Benjamin Franklin, an American founding father, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an Austrian composer. Additionally, students will begin to understand pitch, and how each note is calibrated to create its own unique sound.
Ever see a glass tuning fork? Are some materials better suited to make tuning forks? Students will learn the history of the tuning fork and the latest technological advances. They will learn how a tuning fork works and why some materials are better suited to make tuning forks.
Students will learn about dynamics, tempo, acoustics and instruments in the music of Charles Ives. Students will be introduced to and learn about the literary term onomatopoeia, and how it can relate to the sounds composed by Ives in The Unanswered Question, Central Park in the Dark and Symphony No 4. Students will then relate the literary term to musical expression. Making the connection between literacy and music, students will create their own musical onomatopoeias using various media, such as watercolor, tempera paint, crayons, magazine text and markers.