Music and Sound
Maharishi Middle School student Melat Gebremariam plays a tune on a flute she created in the school’s recent project-based learning unit, Music and Sound. The purpose of the music project is to learn how physics and art combine to make music and to work together productively. The project was preceded by a poetry unit designed as a bridge into lyric composition, which formed the basis for the final part of the music project. After learning the scientific aspect of music and sound through building instruments, students, in groups of four, created two instrumental acoustic songs. The songs were released on an album, “Mud.” After the students had practiced with music and lyrics, they combined the two aspects of songwriting to create original teen-pop songs released on the Maharishi Middle School Record Label as “Socks and Sandals.” The songs are available for digital download on their Google Play store.