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.
This lesson is designed to teach how sound is produced and how its qualities change depending on the medium through which vibrations pass. The students will be able to 1) identify parts of a sound (sine) wave: amplitude, frequency, phase, crest, and valley; 2) explain the difference between a pure tone and a sound with harmonics; and 3) explain how different musical instruments produce different qualities of sound (timbre).
Students will listen to Music for the Royal Fireworks by George Frideric Handel (commissioned to celebrate the signed Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle in 1749) and design a virtual fireworks display to accompany the music. Students will learn that the specific colors in a firework display are created when atoms of a particular element or a combination of elements are energized by the firework's heat. They will learn that the shape of the firework display is determined by the shape and structure of one particular component inside the firework shell.
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.
In this adventure, students will observe the effect of two factors on a motion plot. They will walk at two different speeds, walk in two different directions, and walk to the tempo of two different classical music selections. The students will then deduce how the value of the slope of a line can be "seen" in its graph.