Grades 6-8​​


Project Description

Discover the fundamentals of coding through music. Students create a sound mixing board to produce, manipulate and synthesize sounds. They do this by programming the board to combine various electrical signal waves together to create their unique instruments. Along the way, they explore the properties and physics of sound waves and use their instrument to learn about rhythm, chords, melodies and to compose and play their own music.

Key Concepts

Wave types, wave shapes, frequency, amplitude, pitch, keyboard, synthesizer, PCB, microcontroller, electrical signals, speakers, coding, variables, RGB pixel, conditionals, variable math, low pass filter, envelope, switch/case, keyboard, function, music, notes, octave, scale, melody, beat, rhythm, music bar, transcribe, ensemble, melody, harmony, bass, chords


Essential Question

How can we develop a device that enables us to create and modify sounds that we can use to compose and play music?


Summary of Standards


Common Core ELA
Students will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions while posing questions that connect the ideas of several speakers. They will learn new content specific vocabulary and be able to effectively use the vocabulary in discussions.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will use graphical representations to describe complex electrical signal waves and sound waves. These mathematical functions include how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.


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