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The Physics of Sound Waves and Music- Listen and Make Musical Instruments

In this 6 week course, learners will explore how sound and how music is made and how it works and create instruments in the four major categories of wind, brass, strings and percussion.
Valerie Kosa
146 total reviews for this teacher
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year olds
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$14 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
45 minutes per class

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Learners will be able to identify how sound is created and what frequencies make high pitch and low pitched sounds. Learners will plan and create beautiful and working musical instruments and will perform using basic music notation.
As a band director (woodwind specialist) for ten years, teaching in the public school setting as well as teaching individual private lessons, I have gained a varied skill set and a love of all things music and band. I graduated in 2000 from the University of North Texas and have had many years of professional development and practice as both an assistant band director and head band director in the public school setting. In University, I took the physics of sound which helped me to understand further how music works. I also had the opportunity to teach general music for elementary-age students and have some experience working with a community youth band. I have since left teaching to pursue teaching as a homeschool educator of my own children. While traveling throughout the U.S. in our RV, we met up with other traveling families and even participated and helped facilitate our STEM-themed rally. Music has been my passion since I was a child and I knew by age 12 that I would teach music. I love to share the fine arts with everyone and look forward to an amazing community experience. 
Learners will have the opportunity to finish their projects outside of class and they will be able to continue to work on their music notation skills using actual notes and rhythms on the treble clef or using shape notation learned in class.
Handouts will be provided as well as material lists for each project. Each project list will be provided at least one week prior to class. Learners will be making instruments out of the following supplies (others may be added and will be updated 2 weeks prior to the project) including: Garden hose with a funnel and a brass fitting Cereal Box or similar sized box, rubber bands Bobby pins, wooden block and electrical tape Duct Tape Stemmed Glasses Straws
Learners will be assessed informally as they ask and answer questions and as they work on their projects. Their final assessment will be their final performance on the last day of class.
45 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Learners will be using common household items including glasses, water, hoses, etc. They will also be using scissors, rubber bands, tape, glue, duct tape and other items as needed to complete their project. Learners must be able to safely use scissors independently.


Valerie Kosa
Lives in the United States
Experienced Music Educator and Homeschool Mom
146 total reviews
153 completed classes

About Me

I have always been a teacher and explorer and received my bachelor's degree in music education in 2000. Teaching in the public school system as an accomplished band director for nearly a decade was rewarding; however, I wanted more for myself and... 
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