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My goal is that students will show increased learning of fundamental musical skills while discovering and exploring one of the most important scientific theories of our age, Einstein's "Theory of Relativity". This musical arts project will complement the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) goals as well as the School Improvement Plan's Science/Language Arts Literacy areas which are focus areas of academic improvement for students at Sugar Mill Elementary.

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"Thinking with Sounds" : Using music to develop an understanding of Einstein's Theory of Relativity

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School:
Sugar Mill Elementary 
Subject:
Music 
Teacher:
H. Keith Kopshina 
 
Rebecca Weber 
Students Impacted:
125 
Grade:
Date:
August 26, 2017

58% Funded

 

 

Only $395.20 Needed

 

 

Goal

My goal is that students will show increased learning of fundamental musical skills while discovering and exploring one of the most important scientific theories of our age, Einstein's "Theory of Relativity". This musical arts project will complement the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) goals as well as the School Improvement Plan's Science/Language Arts Literacy areas which are focus areas of academic improvement for students at Sugar Mill Elementary. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will use the melodic instruments in this project to further develop understanding of musical skills relating to beat, accent, tempo, rhythm, form, tone color, and melody. These activities are directly connected to the music curriculum. At the same time, the multiple skills involved in creating the music will increase their scientific knowledge of "Einstein's Theory of Relativity". Students will learn the fundamental concepts of the theory by singing and playing the melody of a song about Einstein on the Orff instruments. The students will produce their own melodic improvisation using the rhythm of the words of the song. Other musical concepts will be added by the students who will determine the form as well as other musical content. A pre-test and a post-test will determine the extent of learning that has occurred. This project will extend over a nine-week period but this approach to learning will be permanently integrated into our music curriculum.  

 

Benefits to my students

These glockenspiels allow the students to remove tone bars so that they can express the ideas in their melodic improvisation with success and no fear of playing an incorrect note. The "hands-on" aspect of utilizing gross motor and fine motor movement while learning scientific information that is transferred into a musical melody will have a greater impact on student achievement in music and science. The glockenspiels utilized in this project will be a permanent asset to all the students at Sugar Mill Elementary in developing knowledge of music, science, history, mathematics as well as other subjects in this same manner. 

 

Budget Narrative

I am requesting $945.20 for the following items:

Sonor Global Beat GA GB Alto Glockenspiels four @ $105.00 item: #203823 subtotal $420.00

Sonor Global Beat GS GB Soprano Glockenspiels five @ $100.00 item: #203822 subtotal $500.00

Basic Beat BBRM03 Wood Mallet eighteen mallets @ $1.40
item: #260255 subtotal $25.20

Estimated shipping costs are $47.26.

Sugar Mill Elementary P.T.A. will be including a $50.00 donation to assist in shipping costs for this project.

Items are to be purchased from the West Music Company at www.westmusic.com



 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 4 Sonor Alto Glockenspiels $420.00
2 5 Sonor Soprano Glockenspiels $500.00
3 18 Basic Beat Small Wooden Mallets $25.20
  Total: $945.20

58% Funded

 

 

Only $395.20 Needed

 

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