Sound Properties and Careers in Music

Courtesy of April Galloway and Christine Scott. Edited by Julie McCann. Provided by CareerStart.

This lesson is intended for grade six and uses a hands-on lab to help students understand key concepts in the properties of sound and how they can be applied to careers in music.

1. Students will explore concepts of sound, including frequency, amplitude, loudness, and how sound travels through different materials.
2. Students will conduct investigations to build an understanding of the nature and properties of sound.
3. Students will learn how these concepts can be applied to careers in music.

Time Required For Lesson
Approximately 80 to 90 minutes. 
The time needed for this lesson is relatively flexible. Preparing each lab station ahead of time will save 10 to 15 minutes of student work. See Lab Procedure below for more detailed information. Homework time may also be added to reduce classroom time.

Advance Preparation
Students should have prior knowledge of the properties of sound and how it relates to musical instruments. Critical vocabulary (defined on the handout Student Study Guide: Nature of Sound, Properties of Sound, and Combining Sound Waves) should be discussed prior to this lesson. This handout can be used as a review just before the lab or used earlier in the week as an introduction to a unit on the properties of sound.


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Lesson Plan

1. Write this question on the board: Why does someone with a job in music need to understand the elements of sound?

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Lesson tags: Eleventh, Music, Ninth, Science, Tenth

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