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

Materials

  • 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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

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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