Class 3A at Propel McKeesport recently learned that Science and Music have much in common! These students had the opportunity to transfer their Science knowledge into a seasonal music piece!
Science teacher Ms. Cohen joined forces with Music teacher Ms. Rushlander to show students that there is a partnership between the subjects, via a cool teaching experience.
Using ‘boomwhacker’ instruments (plastic tubes of varying length,) the students began by hypothesizing about the pitch that each tube would make when struck on the ground. Using scientific principles, students guessed that the longer tubes would make the lower pitches and the shorter tubes would make a higher pitched sound.
The experiment then began, as students were each given an instrument with which to work. Striking the boomwhackers on the floor in successive patterns, the students then voted on the types of sounds that they heard. Teachers charted the student votes and the eventual outcome of the experiment. It turns out that 3A were some very good guessers!
Ms. Rushlander then showed the students that pitches can be used to make music. With a nod to the season, she showed the students how to play “Jingle Bells” with the boomwhackers!
An attentive and excited class, 3A learned about hypothesizing, charting, scientific principles of sound, musical theory and musical practice — all in one hour! Great job by both teachers and students!