The Science of Music
The Science of Music

Today’s Activities

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Engage

Can you feel the music? Read this amazing article about a new invention that allows people with hearing loss to feel music. CuteCircuit’s Sound Shirt Allows Deaf People To “Feel” Music.

How can you feel music? Do you feel the beat of drums, does the horn vibrate?

Complete this word search based on sounds and music.

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Watch

Watch this video, “Music and math: The genius of Beethoven”, explaining the connection between music and math. 

Try this polygon puzzle to find the answer to the riddle: Why do ants visit the zoo on cold days?

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Explore

Put on some headphones and explore in the Chrome Music Lab. Make your own song in the Song maker. click on this Rhythm link and create your own Beat.

Want to record your song on paper? Download this Record Your Song document and follow the instructions. Click on Spectrogram to see sounds from different sources, a spectrogram is a picture of sound.

Next , view this “What’s Going on?” slide presentation to help explain this question: How does the brain figure out where a sound is coming from?

Watch this video about how sound travels and what it can do.

Here is a fun video about music scales.

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history

Visit this page and see the origins of extraordinary instruments. Hover your cursor over each instrument to discover their place of origin, then click on the image of the instrument to learn more.

Discuss: What was the most interesting instrument to you? Describe the instrument. Where did it originate? Do these instruments remind you of any instruments that you’ve seen or played before? Describe your favorite instrument.

Explore the history of a famous composer with this video

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Let's Move!

Do these alone or grab a family member to do your exercises with you. Start with the middle square and then make one other choice each day this week.’

First, have your child do some warm up stretches: 10-15 arm circles (front and backwards), 15 jumping jacks, running in place for 30 seconds, 10 leg squats, 10 push ups and sit ups then go to GoNoodle and have your child pick a couple of PE/Dance videos. 

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create

Check out Step Re-Mix create your own dance step routine online, then try to do the dance you’ve created.

Put on a song of Beethoven, and just draw as the music plays. How did you like that? Did you draw because of the way music made you feel?

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