The Bob Moog Foundation shared this profile of Dr Bob’s SoundSchool – their program for elementary school students that teaches the science of sound through music and technology.
The program uses theremins, oscilloscopes and a wide variety of musical instruments to engage kids and to explore science, creativity, and critical thinking. Students who complete the Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool curriculum demonstrate a stronger ability to apply their knowledge of the physics of sound than students who participate in a standard course of study,
The Foundation is an independent non-profit, led by Executive Director Michelle Moog-Koussa, that is dedicated to preserving Bob Moog’s legacy. It is not associated with Moog Music, Inc.
In the SoundSchool, students learn about:
- how sound is made (vibrations, waveforms, energy)
- how sound travels (through identifying the source, medium, and receiver of sound)
- parameters of sound (pitch/frequency and loudness/amplitude)
- the physical difference between music and noise (periodic and aperiodic waveforms)
- how sound is heard (how the ear is constructed, and how it works)
- Scientific methodology (writing down your idea, testing the idea, writing down the results and conclusion)
The Foundation’s goal is to make the 10-week curriculum available nationwide. You can learn more about the program at the Moog Foundation site.