Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass: Projects and Activities on the Science of Music and Sound

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Tune up and tune in to the wonderful world of music and sound!

Make a hip-hoppin' java jive bass out of an old coffee can. Put on your homemade tuxedo and conduct your own orchestra. Those are just some of the fun projects and activities you'll enjoy as you discover the mysteries and melodies behind the science of music and sound.

Learn how sounds are made, and how we hear them. Find out how your favorite ...

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Overview

Tune up and tune in to the wonderful world of music and sound!

Make a hip-hoppin' java jive bass out of an old coffee can. Put on your homemade tuxedo and conduct your own orchestra. Those are just some of the fun projects and activities you'll enjoy as you discover the mysteries and melodies behind the science of music and sound.

Learn how sounds are made, and how we hear them. Find out how your favorite instruments actually make music. You can even create your own electronic music studio.

Step-by-step instructions and illustrations guide you through dozens of projects and experiments. From a French horn made from a shower hose to a xylophone made from an egg carton and some household wrenches, Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass makes you part of the coolest band in town!

Presents the science of sound and music, including how sound is made, how the ear hears sounds, and how different musical instruments are made.

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Open up this activity book to any page, just about, and you get a blend of cool information and a musical how-to project. Build a bass, or a snake charmer's oboe. Make milk carton drums, or your own set of chimes. At the end of it all, there are instructions on how to arrange and conduct a performance. Many of the activities could make good summer time projects.
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Gr 5-7This thorough and lively presentation explores the world of sound and provides instructions for making musical instruments. Along the way, readers will learn about famous scientists who had musical inclinations, such as Albert Einstein, Alexander Graham Bell, and Galileo. Numerous, clear, pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the construction of instruments from a glass harmonica, to a violin, drums, and a foot-powered organ. Some adult help will be needed for some of the projects; others are so simple that only the materials are necessary. The scientific principles behind the creation of all the wonderful noises are explained, as is basic music notation. Covering much of the same territory as Margaret McLean's Make Your Own Musical Instruments (Lerner, 1988) but including more easy-to-make instruments, this volume is a welcome addition suitable for most collections.Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471156758
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.23 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEX SABBETH studied science and music at Yale. After playing violin in several symphony orchestras, he moved to Oregon with his wife, Carol. There, they present programs that help teachers and children use computers creatively.
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Table of Contents

Sound and Hearing.

Stringed Instruments.

Wind Instruments.

Percussion Instruments.

Electronic Music.

Recording Music.

Reading Music.

Conducting Your Orchestra.

Glossary.

Index.

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