Music to your Ears

music_strawoboeHow do we make sounds, record sounds and see sounds? Music to your Ears is a classic science made simple show all about the science of sound, with lots of surprises and excitement through highly visual demonstrations and audience interaction.

Our show informs your audience about basics of sound, how our ears hear, and the latest in music technology.

Witness the Theramin, the ultimate ‘hands-free’ instrument, and see music being made with a blowtorch! Discover what sound is, and see what it actually looks like. Find out about the important sound sensors in our ears, and how they can be damaged by loud music. Uncover the mysteries of how CD players and MP3 players work, and even have some fun with synthesised voices!

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Music to your Ears is adaptable for all ages, and is particularly popular with Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4. The show duration is between 45 to 60 minutes long, and is suitable for as large an audience as your venue can hold.

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Curriculum Links

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Key Stage 3

  • Carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups
  • Energy can be transferred usefully
  • Forces are interactions between objects and can affect their shape and motion
  • Use real-life examples as a basis for finding out about science

Key Stage 4

  • About the use of contemporary scientific and technological developments and their benefits, drawbacks and risks

 

Learning Objectives

 

Key Stage 3

After watching the show Key stage 3 pupils should:

  • Know that sound is produced by vibrations travelling in waves
  • Be able to describe how sounds are detected by the ear
  • Be able to use the terms amplitude and frequency in relation to sound waves
  • Know that harmonics and resonance are important in making music
  • Be able to describe the difference between digital and analogue recording

Key Stage 4

After watching the show Key stage 4 pupils should:

  • Know that sound is transmitted as a longitudinal wave.
  • Be able to describe the function of the pinna, ear canal and cochlea in hearing
  • Understand the effect of varying frequency and amplitude on sound
  • Understand the importance of resonance and harmonics in musical sounds
  • Be able to describe the harmonic series with relation to standing waves
  • Understand the need for sampling in digital recording
  • Be able to describe in simple terms how digital compression is used in audio recordings
What people say about us

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    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London