Workshop: The Science of Music
An interactive after-school workshop for high school students
Dr. Juan P. Bello and Langdon Crawford
Music Technology Program, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development"
New York University
This project will support the development and implementation of a traveling workshop aimed at secondary students in grades 9 to 12. The workshop seeks to capitalize on students' interest in digital audio tools, sound and music production, to draw their attention to the fundamental mathematical and scientific concepts that provide the theoretical basis for these technologies. Thus the focus is not in music technology education, but in the use of music for science, math and technology education. The workshop will be delivered in 4 sessions, each focusing on a specific topic and featuring practical demonstrations and hands-on experiences.
1. Sound: What is it? How is it produced? How does it travel to our ears?
2. Hearing: How do the auditory system work? How do we perceive sound?
3. Transduction: How does a loudspeaker make sound? How does a microphone pick up sound?
4. Digitization: How can we record and store sound in portable media and computers? How can we manipulate digitally recorded sounds?
Below are links to the presentations made during the workshops for each of the mentioned topics: