In Music and Science

In Music and Science schools' project
In Music and Science, 1994 - 1997

From 1994 to 1997, The Arts Catalyst organised music and science projects for 6 - 9 year olds in schools in Tower Hamlets, Lewisham, Merton, Haringay, Barnet and Wandsworth.

The projects were led by teams comprising a music workshop leader and a science workshop leader - Graham Brand and Sam Mason, and Jonathan Wheeler and Rebecca Askew.

Each project culminated in a performance of a piece of music which the class itself had composed during the project. Projects linked directly to the science curriculum activities planned for that term by the class teacher and were based around 3 themes: Vibrations, Patterns, Mind & Body. The workshops explored the interaction of science and music on a number of different of levels: practical science-in-action sessions, centred on the science curriculum and based around music and discovering the science of sound, senses, instruments and musical structure; participatory creative sessions in music, drawing on information and the pupils' own ideas from the complementary science sessions and teaching composition and performance skills; compositions and performance of music created from discoveries made during the day.

A Teachers' Pack was produced to support music and science activities outside the workshops.