ERIC Number: EJ1035484
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Publication Date: 2014-Feb
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Science 101: What Determines the Quality of Musical Notes?
Science and Children, v51 n6 p77-81 Feb 2014
Compare the sounds produced by a symphony with those produced by a high school orchestra, the notes produced by hitting a tympani with those produced by hitting a trash can lid, and the sounds produced by Al Green with those produced by Yoko Ono. Even though the pitch of a note (determined by the "frequency" of the sound wave) is the same in different instances, the quality of the sound can vary quite a bit. Musicians refer to the quality of a note as the "timbre" of the note. In this article the author describes several activities that investigate what contributes to the timbre of music using a Slinky, 10 feet of latex tubing, and a stringed instrument.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Musical Instruments, Acoustics, Science Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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