Music Investigate the Evolution of American Sound by Donna Latham


Music Investigate the Evolution of American Sound by Donna Latham

Kids ages 12 and up are invited to explore the roots of American music genres with this book as they investigate the social, political, and religious influences that have inspired and continue to inspire musicians. Activities and projects take it a step further engaging kids in hands-on explorations of the physics of sound vibrations, decibel levels, and acoustics. They can kick up their heels to the sound of the Charleston to explore torque or build their own djembe, fife, and bugle. Kids can also learn how to use vocal styling to improvise and use the rhythm of their bodies to create a beatbox. Encouraging readers to analyze lyrics' meanings and rhythms, the book also demonstrates how to use that analysis to write their own songs. From early Americans weaving in European traditions to African traditions influencing hymns and fold songs, the history of music in the United States is brought to life through projects and inquiry-based investigations.


This book is a treasure trove of information, experiments, and building challenges, and is an excellent, exciting, and easy way to incorporate STEM education into your classroom, science fair, or after school engineering club. --National Science Teachers Association on Bridges and Tunnels Although the text addresses young 'eco explorers

-- School Library Journal on Amazing Biomes

About the Author

Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology, Deciduous Forests, Deserts, Garbage, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands, and Tundra. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois. Bryan Stone is a cartoonist and the illustrator of Explore Life Cycles!, Explore Night Science!, Explore Rivers and Ponds!, Explore Rocks and Minerals!, Explore the Solar System!, and Explore Transportation! He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

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128 pages


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Publication date

18th November 2013



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