This lesson is a small part of a larger unit on the science of sound. The unit has several sections, including: how sound is made, the elements of sound, how sounds travel, and how we hear sounds. This particular lesson is part of the section in which we distinguish the difference between musical sound and noise. We examine the different ways in which musical instruments make sound - or the different way each one creates vibrations of air.
Planets have their own individual personalities as expressed through Holst’s composition, The Planets. Students learn about the science facts on planets and then are introduced to the musical facts and background from The Planets After that, students compare and contrast The Planets in a Venn diagram.
Students will recognize the sounds of different orchestral instruments, use musical dynamic markings in association with an increase or decrease in cell division, and create a presentation of the scientific process of cancer as depicted by the music, Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Eventually, they will recognize the role of mutation in genetic disorders such as Down’s syndrome and other conditions.