Sound Projects with a Music Lab You Can Build


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Sound Projects with a Music Lab You Can Build
By Robert Gardner
Hardcover Book
128 pages 

How does sound travel? Why do some instruments have a hollow box under the strings? Learn to build your own musical instruments with simple materials found around your home. Use your music lab to discover the science behind music and sound. These exciting experiments will also give students ideas for science fair projects.

For grades 5 and up.


  • Chapter 1: The Science of Sound
  •      Vibrations: The Cause of Sounds
  •      A Bull Roarer
  •      Sound, Frequency and Pitch
  •      How Sound Travels
  •      A Sound Trumpet
  •      Sound in Solids and Liquids
  • Chapter 2: Science and Music
  •      The Science of Strings
  •      Waves, Standing Waves and Harmonics
  •      Waves, Octaves, Music and Math
  •      A String Telephone and a "Bell"
  •      A Vibrating Air Column
  •      Resonance
  •      Sounds of the Sea: Resonance with Tubes of Air
  • Chapter 3: Instruments With Strings
  •      What Is the Purpose of a Mute on a Stringed Instrument?
  •      Why Is There a Hollow Box Under the Strings?
  •      A Wide-Keyed "Piano"
  •      A Twangy "Piano"
  •      A One-String Guitar
  •      A Two-String Bottle Banjo
  •      An Eight-String Harp
  •      A "Washtub" Bass
  •      A Shoe Box Guitar
  • Chapter 4: Wind Instruments
  •      A Hose Horn
  •      A Simple Pipe Organ
  •      A Fluty Horn
  •      A Bottle Band
  •      A Panpipe
  •      Reed Horns
  • Chapter 5: Percussion Instruments
  •      A Mechanic's Xylophone
  •      Drinking Glass Bells
  •      The Bell and Woodwind Mystery
  •      A Mechanic's Chimes
  •      Bells from Flowerpots
  •      Wood Chimes and Other Chimes
  •      Some Inexpensive Percussion Instruments


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