Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?

Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
Music in Science - Debate - Is Music Art or Just Sounds?
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Timers Inserted in Court Trial Slide Show*
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This lesson should last you 2 - 3 weeks, as you should leave plenty of time for students to prepare for the trial before it begins. I usually let them prepare for 1 or 2 full classes until the actual debate, it also allows them to build their excitement as well!

Section 1.

Students will be introduced to the real thing that sounds and vibrations are. When we see the effect sound has on matter, it is quite amazing. Students are shown a video which shows the geometrical shapes and their symmetry, and designs that take place when sound interacts with water, and other liquids. As musicians play their instruments, you can see the reaction to all these science experiments they have set up on their instruments as they play. It is simply FASCINATING!

Students will discuss whether or not it is silly that artists copyright sound vibrations which are forever gone, and which scientifically can never be replicated to the same degree of the original recording.

Students then choose sides - Is music art or just sounds? Students will choose one side - and defend it to the end in a court trial. Slide show presents the court trial in the following sections:

Section 2.

The Court Trial:

Music is Art - Opening Statements (3 min Timer)
Music is Art - Provides Evidence (3 min Timer)
Music is Just Sound - Opening Statements (3 min Timer)
Music is Just Sound - Provides Evidence (3 min Timer)
Both Sides may ask questions & Debate (Endless Timer)
Music is Art - Closing Statements
Music is Just Sound - Closing Statements

I know it is hard as a music teacher to remain bais, but just remember it's only a critical thinking exercise at the end of the day! ;)
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13 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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