How Instruments Create Sound Teacher Resources
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Musical Instruments Part I - Woodwinds
What is the connection between sound and vibration? Learners find out as they conduct a series of experiments with instruments they create. The experiment is well explained, includes modifications for visuall and hearing impaired students, and includes items for discussion.
Creating Sound Vibrations
Fourth graders create sound vibrations using different objects. In this sound vibrations lesson plan, 4th graders go to centers with different sounds at them, and then use objects to create their own sounds. Students discuss their findings.
The Science of Sound and Musical Instruments
Students identify the components of sound. They describe the relationship between pitch and frequency and explain the terms sympathetic vibrations and resonance. They perform simple experiments about the world of sound and explain the process of hearing.
Students create instruments to demonstrate their understanding of how the science of vibrations is used to create sounds.
Energy Transfer in Musical Instruments
Students create unique sounds using different instruments. In this energy lesson, students read and define several vocabulary terms such as heat, energy transfer and thermal equilibrium. Students utilize several household objects to create an instrument capable of playing three distinct tones while describing how it works.
Lesson Plan for Percussion Party
Young scholars experiment with sound using beverage bottles with different masses. In this physics lesson plan, students explain how sound is created. They discuss how frequency varies with the instrument's mass.
Let's Make Noise
Musical instruments and the sounds they make are the focus of this lesson. First, your young musicians brainstorm a list of instruments on the board. Then, they attempt to describe the sound, or "pitch" each one makes and to tell how the instrument makes that sound. Next, they are given picture cards of instruments, and they listen to a video on the computer that duplicates the sound it makes. Finally, have them split into two groups; high and low pitch.
The Science of Sound
Students study sound and how it can be created with air vibrations. In this sound lesson students experiment with different instruments to create different sounds and music.
Energetic Musical Instruments
Students apply the principles and concepts associated with energy and the transfer of energy in an engineering context through the designing and making of a musical instrument. After the accomplishment of the design, students must explain the energy transfer mechanism in sufficient detail and describe how they could make their instruments better. Each student gives a performance on their instrument for the class.
How Do We Measure Earthquakes?
How is the magnitude of an earthquake measured? How is the intensity of an earthquake measured? What is amplitude in relation to an earthquake? In what country was the largest magnitude earthquake? There is a wealth of information about earthquakes and your learners will definitely want to use their calculators to figure out the answer to some of the questions. It might take more than one class period to cover all the material.
Eighth graders create a survey, gather data and describe the data using measures of central tendency (mean, median and mode) and spread (range, quartiles, and interquartile range). Students use these measures to interpret, compare and draw conclusions about what the data show. Conclusions and convincing arguments to support those conclusions are incorporated into class discussion and a formal presentation.
Let's Make Noise
Second graders research how sound is made by a variety of instruments. They examine how to determine high and low pitches. Students observe how "sound makers" include the human vocal cords.
Musical Instrument Families
Using graphics, and an easy-to-understand format, this resource outlines the different kinds of instruments and their characteristics. This presentation could be used as an introduction to instruments for students getting ready to practice in an orchestra, or as an in-class exploration. Great to use before a concert or musical field trip!
Artist as Inventor
Students explore the work of Paul Dresher. In this musical arts activity, students watch a video segment about musician Paul Dresher and study the acoustic and electronic instruments and music he has invented during his career.
Making Waves, Making Music, Making Noise
Students construct "talking cans" and instruments to explain how vibration of objects produces various sounds.
Students explore how pitch changes when using instruments that are plucked, blown, and hit. In this sound and pitch lesson, students blow across the top of bottles that are filled with water to create sound. Students use recorders submerged in water to create a higher and lower pitch. They create a pipe out of pvc piping, and a glass xylophone using glass containers.
Hand in Hand- Art and Physical Science
Eighth graders are introduced to sound by integrating both music and art in the science classroom. Students discover how sound waves travel, compare and contrast musical instruments and the sounds they create, and make and perform a sound machine representing a Fairy Tale.
Music to Your Ears
Students explore how the sounds made by everyday objects can be transformed into musical experiences, composing and performing musical pieces using non-traditional instruments.
Sounds All Around
Students explore habitat sounds. In this soundscapes lesson, students listen to jungle sounds, weather sounds, forest sounds, and ocean sounds. Students identify the attributes of the sounds they hear and connect movement and instruments to the sounds.
Students study sound sources. In this sound and music study instructional activity, students use various objects to study sound. Students pretend they are a toy-making machine using the objects and create sound. Students practice making sounds with their mouths and bodies. Students use a pretend magic stick to make sounds at the teacher's direction.