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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Live Exploration

December 13, 2018, from 10-11am ET

GPB Education will be live streaming from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) concert hall in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 13, 2018, from 10-11 am. This live virtual field trip will offer students a behind-the-scenes experience as they learn about the science of sound and the preparation of putting on a musical performance. Students will also hear from various musicians with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

This event includes live interactive elements, such as polls and experts who are available to answer students’ questions. Use the hashtag #SymphonyLive to participate in the conversation.

ASO Live will be available on demand after December 13th with supplemental classroom resources for grades K-12. The exploration will be live streamed at gpb.org/symphony and will be televised on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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Teacher Resources

Grades K-5

Investigate how sound occurs and how sound is heard with this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek. Learn how sound is measured.
 
Abby and Elmo are investigators! See what happens when they experiment with changing pitch. This resource teaches STEM skills.
 
TExplore interactive tools designed to develop students’ ability to detect musical errors and strengthen music-reading skills. Music Mentor takes on the role of a mentor, students listen to a peer perform musical phrases shown on screen, and must offer feedback to help improve the performance. Noteflight is an online notation software that enables users to compose and arrange scores. Soundation is an online music creation studio that enables users to create, edit, mix, and share music using functionality similar to GarageBand.
 
Listen carefully: sounds are all around us. Sound is used in many ways, including for the detection of danger, navigation, predation, and communication. Learn the science of sound as you explore sound waves, human hearing anatomy, and echolocation and sonar.
 
All musical instruments work by making vibrations. The larger the air space inside the instrument, the lower the sound it makes.
 
The cast of Zoom investigates how the pitch of sound changes when they strike a variety of glasses filled with different amounts and types of liquids in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. When you hit an empty glass with a spoon, both the glass and the air inside it vibrate. You hear these vibrations as sound through the air.

*You will need access to your Discovery Education account to view their resources. If you are a Georgia educator who needs help accessing your free DE account, please contact education@gpb.org.
 

Grades 6-8

Videos in the Music Arts Toolkit collection explore the history and elements of music. Through live performances and interviews, the collection represents a wide variety of cultures, periods, and styles of music.
 
Jane Linde Capistran, associate conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, explains the duties of the orchestra’s conductor, including choosing musical selections and leading the orchestra in the style and tempo she desires. She uses a baton in her right hand and gestures with her left hand to communicate messages to individual musicians, sections, or the entire orchestra.
 
Rock out to a musical demonstration of math involved in constructing rhythms from groups of beats in this video from KQED. In the accompanying classroom activity, students consider how the note durations comprising a measure in 3/4 time relate to fractions that sum to 1. Then, they create and perform their own 3/4 measures comprised of quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes.
 
Listen carefully: sounds are all around us. Sound is used in many ways, including for the detection of danger, navigation, predation, and communication. Learn the science of sound as you explore sound waves, human hearing anatomy, and echolocation and sonar.
 
This entertaining program facilitates students’ knowledge and experience of various families of instruments and “family members” such as the viola, cello, oboe, bassoon, tuba and French horn. Also conveyed are brief histories of the major orchestral instruments, basic elements of music, and much more. Additionally, this program introduces students to the works of Mozart, Handel and Vivaldi – composers whose music conveys universal themes and has transcended the time and culture in which it was created. Engaging media support for Arts and Humanities and World History units on music appreciation and the diffusion of popular culture.
 
*You will need access to your Discovery Education account to view their resources. If you are a Georgia educator who needs help accessing your free DE account, please contact education@gpb.org.

Grades 9-12

The Physics in Motion team visits a university orchestra to understand wave interference and how resonance affects waves moving through different types of air columns and strings. The team explores how to find various resonant frequencies using the wave velocity equation in combination with an equation that relates the wavelength of a wave to the length of a string, or a closed or open-ended tube.
 
Reports that Albert Einstein believed his theory of relativity to be a musical perception, and goes into depth on the relationship between music and genius.
 
Explains that sound is a vibration that propagates through the molecules of the surrounding matter. The program also discusses how amplitude and frequency are determined.
 
We learn a lot about our surroundings thanks to sound. But...what is it exactly? In this episode of Crash Course Physics, Shini goes over some of the basics (and some of the not so basics) of the Physics of Sound.
Listen carefully: sounds are all around us. Sound is used in many ways, including for the detection of danger, navigation, predation, and communication. Learn the science of sound as you explore sound waves, human hearing anatomy, and echolocation and sonar.

Mathematics, like music, is a creative art. The parallels between music and mathematics are numerous, ranging from their foundations, to their dependence creativity, synergy of thinking, and final products.

This video highlights how the speed of a vibration, or frequency, determines the pitch of a sound.

*You will need access to your Discovery Education account to view their resources. If you are a Georgia educator who needs help accessing your free DE account, please contact education@gpb.org.
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