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  • Trim Size: 8 1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 1604131691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-60413-169-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $35.00
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 04/01/2010
  • Dewey Number: 781
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 168

Summary

From the music that thumps through a listener's headphones to the strains of an orchestra tuning up for a performance, science plays a vital role in how we hear and create music. Music examines what music is and how scientific principles help control how it is made, and also delves into the histories and workings of different types of musical instruments. Explore the roots of modern techno music, find out who invented the first synthesizer, and discover how modern electronics have changed the way music is made. Hands-on activities allow a closer look into such topics as how the tension in a drumhead helps control the pitch and how opera singers can break glass with only their voices.

Specifications

Full-color photographs and illustrations. Hands-on experiments. Glossary. References. Web sites. Further resources. Index.

About the Author(s)

Stephen M. Tomecek is a scientist and part-time jazz drummer who also plays the bass and saxophone. He is the author of more than 30 nonfiction books for both children and teachers, including Bouncing & Bending Light, the 1996 winner of the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. Tomecek also works as a consultant and writer for The National Geographic Society and Scholastic Inc.

Reviews and Awards

"...easy-to-perform activities...illuminate scientific principles...clear and colorful."


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