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Exploring the Science of Music

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How does a guitar make its sound?

NOTE:  WE ARE CURRENTLY REVISING THIS PROGRAM TO INCORPORATE IT INTO OUR REGULAR CURRICULUM.  THE INFORMATION BELOW WILL GIVE YOU A SENSE OF THIS OUTSTANDING PROJECT CREATED BY BOARD MEMBER EMMA SCHWARTZ IN 2014.

Have you ever wondered how guitars make their sound? How your favorite song on the radio got so catchy? Well if so, Exploring the Science of Music  is the program for you. Cool Girls discover the interface between music and science and build instruments, open up to the music that is all around us, and experiment with songwriting.

Our spring semester 2014 sessions were loads of fun! Four members of the Fairview High a cappella group “Age of Guinevere” kicked off the new program on January 18 with an exciting performance. Afterward, we drew colorful pictures and had a jam session with several instruments.  We also opened our piano cabinet and played on the strings, learned about the difference in vibrations between low and high pitches on instruments and our voices, and experimented with the physics of sound using percussion and string instruments. We improvised our own tunes and sang along on “Never Never Land”, a beautiful composition by Tom Green combining music from Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz, which was led by professional singer and scientist Augusta Garrison, a member of our board who mentors this program. We closed with a favorite of some of our participants from the movie “Frozen”.

On February 1 we decorated our models of ukeleles and learned about the physics of sound such as amplitude and frequency as we made music with metal, wood, cardboard, rubber bands, and our voices and bodies. As we discussed composition, we experimented with tone and pitch to express emotion and artistry, as well as major and minor chords.

On February 15th we made panpipes, learned more about wind instruments, and composed songs.

The rest of the sessions were fun as well.

Exploring the Science of Music was open to girls enrolled in grades 1-8 or home-schooled.

This is a fascinating, interactive way to have fun with your friends and some outstanding minds melding science and music.

We are very grateful for our volunteer mentors and donors. As with a university, Cool Girls’ tuition covers only part of the costs of our program.

Cool Girls Science and Art Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you would like to donate a tax-deductible amount toward a scholarship for another girl, please click the DONATE button and email Mary about it so it will be recorded properly. Thanks for your generosity!

If you need more information in English or Spanish, please contact coolgirls.scienceart at gmail.com. Thanks for supporting your daughter’s interests in STEM and music!

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