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Now Hear This: The Science of Sound

Now Hear This: The Science of Sound
What is music? How do instruments work? How does sound travel from the musician to our ears? The teaching musicians of Community Music School present an interactive performance on the science of sound. Students learn about the physics of sound waves, the different families of instruments and how they work, and how a song is put together using different instruments. Our performers will demonstrate with real instruments, and will build instruments out of everyday objects, live and onstage. The audience will participate in creating music as a group, and the musicians will integrate musical samples throughout the performance. The event will conclude with a performance of popular music using many of the instruments created on stage.

Artist Background

Community Music School provides affordable music lessons to children from low-income families for $1 per lesson. CMS is a member of the Berklee College of Music's City Music Network, which gives our students access to the PULSE online library of fun, interactive resources for the study of contemporary music. Instructor and musician Matt Douglas is a Fulbright Scholar, composer and recording artist with extensive digital music experience. As a freelance musician, Matt has produced notable recordings using woodwinds, piano, vocals and guitar. As a teacher, Matt takes a comprehensive approach to learning through performance techniques, theory and ear training. To learn about Berklee PULSE, visit

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