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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

Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 367

The students in our elementary music classroom were able to understand Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” by integrating music and the science information in an Orff Schulwerk musical piece.  Using the glockenspiels acquired in this grant, students performed the beat, rhythm, melody and their own improvised melody using the text of information about Einstein. Students learned about the formula E = mc2. The students learned the meaning of each of the components comprising the formula.

We were able to determine each student’s progress in science with a pre and a post test of scientific information. Using data from these tests, music students averaged an 85% increase in information about Einstein’s theory. We also tested students for there musical abilities in playing the beat, rhythm, melody and their own improvised melody in a playing test.

Each student's musicianship improved as determined by the music classroom performance rubric. The classroom music rubric determines achievement on a scale of one to four with four as the highest level. All students achieved a level of three and many achieved level fours in performance.

The use of these newly acquired instruments greatly impacted the musical and science learning in our classroom. Using these Orff instruments enabled our students to expand their abilities in the beat, rhythm, melody, tone color, form, improvisation, and expression while exploring science.

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Playing the beat.

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Performing the beat with the melody.

 

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Improvising a melody.

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Creating a ternary form (ABA).

 

Original Grant Overview

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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