Music & Science Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

In this lesson, you will teach your students about the scientific side of music, often considered more of an art than a science. They will read a text lesson, take a related quiz, and participate in a hands-on activity.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson on music and science your students will be able to:

  • Explain how sounds are formed and related to vibrations
  • Explain the concepts of sound waves, wavelengths, and frequencies
  • Describe how sound becomes music and how the brain interprets it


  • Bowl
  • Cake sprinkles
  • Coins
  • Copy of the text lesson The Science of Music along with the related lesson quiz
  • Internet access
  • Plastic ruler
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber band (thick)
  • Tape
  • Two tuning forks (if your music department does not have them, decent ones can be purchased for under ten dollars)
  • Whistle (optional)
  • Oscilloscope (if available)

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

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