Science of Sound

first_imgThat’s why Guerrero has offered up her school to host Bose In Harmony with Education, which is designed for students to see, hear and feel the power and beauty of music while teaching them the science behind the sounds. Morrison students were the first to experience the 90-minute program last week, but fourth- and fifth-grade students from other schools in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District are being bused to Morrison through the end of this month to go through the program. “It’s fascinating because children understand music, but they don’t frequently understand the science behind it,” Guerrero said. “But then they go through this program and they think, `Oh, this is what sound looks like, or this is what it feels like’ – it’s just a box with holes and strings,” she said. The program is split up into two 45-minute sessions. One session teaches students how sound is created, then features “Musically Speaking,” a slide show on a movie theater-like screen in a classroom equipped with a Bose home-theater system. • Video: Science of SoundNORWALK – Morrison Elementary School Principal Marsha Guerrero says she has one basic belief when it comes to exposing her young students to music. It’s absolutely essential. And, Guerrero says, music should be studied in two specific ways: integrated with other subjects, and taught on its own. The other session includes lessons on sound waves and allows students to play homemade versions of four specific instruments: a maraca, drum, erhu (a Chinese fiddle) and mbira (a thumb piano). The instruments the students played were made of PVC pipe, plastic, string and popsicle sticks. “That was a lot of fun,” said Stephani Mccalman, 10, a fifth-grader from Nuffer Elementary School in Norwalk who played the maracas. “Even though I already knew how to play the maracas, I liked that we actually got to touch and use the instruments,” she added. “That was cool.” The program is conducted by two Bose docents – one of whom is a Norwalk High School graduate – and people on Morrison’s staff. The Nuffer Elementary students who went through the Bose program last week gave it good reviews. They enjoyed the fireworks and lightning featured in the slide show, as well as playing the instruments. Even fifth-grade teacher Jennifer Saenz got her turn at playing a mbira – a real one, not the homemade kind. “This was a great hands-on lesson,” she said. “But what was really good is that it got their attention. “They were very into it, and very focused, and that’s exactly what you want to get out of them during their lessons,” Saenz said. “That was really neat.” For more information on the Bose program, visit www.bose.com/inharmony. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img