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Science and Music Composition

Two Online Resources Investigate the Link Between Biology and Music

Found In: Arts, Science, 6-8

Seaquence is an engaging online musical activity that lets students experiment with rhythm, duration, pitch (you can even create chords), and timbre to create short musical compositions. Seaquence is visually interesting as well. Each musical element takes a stylized biological form. Imagine melodious flat worms.

In addition, Seaquence is a social music project so students can publish and share their animated compositions via native sequencer and synthesizer tools. The Seaquence Demo will give you an idea of what can be done.

The Music Instinct: Science and Song is a PBS website that investigates the fundamental physical structure and biological, emotional, and psychological impact of music. The PBS site offers short film clips. The entire video (1:53: 35) is available on YouTube.

Lesson Plans 

The Music Instinct features three lesson plans for grades 5-8 that cover some of the concepts found in Seaquence. (These lessons can be adapted for younger and older students.)

  • Experimental Music
    Students learn about the elements of music and design and conduct scientific experiments on how people respond to music.
  • We’ve Got Rhythm
    Students explore the ways in which humans create and respond to rhythm.
  • Lesson Plan 3: Good Vibrations!
    Students are introduced to the physical nature of sound—its origin in vibration, its transmission though various mediums, and its range of frequencies including those above and below our own audible spectrum.



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