How Music Works: The Science of Sounds - The Fourth Wall - Arts For Learning Massachusetts


How Music Works: The Science of Sound

Type: Performance|Remote
Art Form: Music|History, Math, Science
Grade Level: K-8
Scheduling Request

Using a live oscilloscope, images of wave forms, interactive activities, and (of course) our hybrid arts aesthetic, students learn how vibration, waves, frequency, and amplitude combine with melody, accompaniment and harmony to create music. This interactive, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) performance was created to specifically address 3rd grade national education standards, but is appropriate and has been performed for students in grades K-8.

Remote Learning Adaptation: The trio performs live from their three separate locations, using each environment creatively and inviting plenty of audience participation from home or school. Oscilloscope images of wave forms are shared onscreen, and live musical demonstrations are interspersed with short video clips.

Program available in person, or live online.

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 250
Curriculum Connection: Music, Science, Dance, Theater Arts

Single Performance: $900
Additional Performances: $720
Travel: $100 per day
Pricing may vary for weekends/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts

Remote (live online)

Online performances make use of several functions within Zoom (Share Screen/Audio, Spotlight Video, Waiting Room, and Polling), which members of The Fourth Wall will coordinate as Meeting Co-Hosts. Screen share must be enabled, however please turn off ‘annotation’ feature. A short tech rehearsal and sound check (20 minutes before the performance start time) will ensure smooth operation. A representative from the school must be on the call to spotlight artist video, facilitate Q+A and mute students as needed. Please introduce the performers as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble.




Parking and unloading: We drive two vehicles. One is a minivan, which carries our larger items, including the vibraphone. The closer we can get to the performance space with the van, the better. Once unloaded, we can park it wherever is best for the school.

Performance space needs:

  • Access to power outlet, 20' deep x 30' wide is ideal. (16' deep x 20' wide minimum)
  • Stage surface must be smooth, flat, and free of protruding objects, obstructive cracks, holes, splinters, etc. Marley flooring is not required, but the stage must be appropriate for dance and for objects on wheels, such as a vibraphone and hoverboards. Smooth, low-pile carpeting is occasionally acceptable.
  • Direct access into the house from the stage is requested, enabling performers to go back and forth from the stage to the house with ease during the show.

Technical requirements: How Music Works has no power requirement. We perform live, acoustic music, so neither show requires sound support.

Materials the school needs to provide:

  • One music stand (optional).

Arrival time: 90 minutes prior to show

Time needed between performances: 30 minutes

Strike Time: 45 minutes.

Please introduce the artists as an Arts for Learning Massachusetts ensemble.

More From The Fourth Wall