Sound & Music Incursion (Levels 1 & 2)

Theme: Design & Technology – Materials
Level: 1 & 2

Students will explore design technologies used in different types of musical instruments. They will investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of an instrument.

Activities

  • Discuss prior knowledge of sound and music.
  • Observe a variety of old and new musical instruments.
  • Identify materials that make sound.
  • Investigate the properties of sound.
  • Observe a slinky as a model which shows the movement of sound.
  • Use tuning forks to investigate sound vibration.
  • Test different rubber bands for pitch.
  • Test and see which are the most appropriate materials for musical use.
  • Classify and test a number of musical instruments, depending on the way they are used.
  • Make a simple trombone instrument.
  • Test a device that changes the human voice.

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