Science and Your Music Classroom?

by Abby @ Quaver on August 29, 2017

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Today, we’re digging into another Quaver update that will help you easily connect to other subjects this school year!

 New Feature #2: Science of Sound

For users with access to: 4th Grade Curriculum 

Quaver’s Science of Sound Project is an easy way to start making science connections in your music classroom! Previously only available to users of our middle school curriculum, teachers will now find it in their 4th Grade Curriculum under Special Projects. At the end of the project, students will host a Science of Sound exhibition – demonstrating what they have learned  with our Creative QSynth.

Let’s take a closer look at how Science of Sound works:

How to access Science of Sound:

  1. Visit and log into your Teacher Account
  2. Click the TEACHER Tab
  3. Click the Quaver Curriculum icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Click the 4TH GRADE icon
  5. Select the SPECIAL PROJECT button on the far right
  6. Open the SCIENCE OF SOUND project


Connecting Music and Science with Science of Sound:

Over the course of six lessons, this project supports STEAM learning by having students investigate sound waves, reverberation, and digital effects.

Click on any of the six lessons to access activities, songs, interactives, and more:

1) What is Sound? 

This first lesson establishes the project goal, which is for students to create a five-minute presentation that exemplifies their understanding of the science of sound. Throughout the next six lessons, students will research two contrasting instruments of their choice and create a written and graphic presentation of their sounds. Within the presentation, students will define and explain concepts learned throughout the lessons including vibration, frequency, the role of an audio engineer, and more!

Teacher Tip: Don’t forget to download the Project Book from the PRINTABLES area in Lesson 1. You can print these for each user or group!

2) More About Sound

This second lesson helps teachers review several elements needed to build a foundation for the project. Students are introduced to concepts such as waveform, amplitude, frequency, and more!

3) Sound Around the Room

In this lesson, students explore properties of sound using a variety of fun, homemade instruments including a rubber band guitar, water glasses, and more!


4) Sound in the Studio

Lesson 4 explores how sound is manipulated in studios for television and film. Students will meet an audio engineer and discover how the magic is made in a music studio!


5) Final Countdown

Almost there! In this lesson, groups will add the finishing touches to their Science of Sound projects. Students learn the skills needed to give a great presentation, unpack how to give excellent feedback using the Feedback Sandwich, and review their project goals!


6) Presentations

It’s now time for students to give their final presentations! Students present and provide feedback to their classmates. They are also asked to reflect on what they’ve learned, play a game, and take a short quiz to assess what was learned about the science of sound!

Teacher Tip: Don’t forget that each of these lessons is entirely customizable! Add your own YouTube videos, MP3s, and any other resources to help meet your classroom’s needs!


Your students will be experts in the science of sound in no time!

Stay tuned for more in-depth reviews of our new features in the coming weeks! Find the complete list of new songs and activities here.


How do you incorporate science in your music classroom?

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