The Bob Moog Foundation will visit science, math, and technology magnet school Cornelius Elementary School in Houston, Texas, on Monday, October 21, 2013 to teach students about the science of sound through the magic of music. Presenting Dr. Bob’s Sonic Workshop, the foundation will ignite students’ creativity through a 45-minute presentation given by BMF Education Specialist, Marc Doty. The presentation will bring to light the basic physics of sound including sound creation, sound travel, vibrations, waveforms, and more, and will be given to the entire student body of 950 students.
All fourth and fifth graders will participate in Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience, a setup of theremins and synthesizers, which will provide the students with an opportunity to explore an expansive sonic landscape through old and new electronic musical instruments.
The workshop is being provided by a generous donation from concert promoter Disco Donnie Presents, which produces over 1000 music events a year, many of them in the Houston area and other cities in Texas. The donation that lead to the Workshop at Cornelius Elementary was generated from 2012 ticket sales from the Something Wicked Festival. This year, Something Wicked returns to the Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, October 26th and features a variety of electronic acts including Tiesto, Wolfgang Gartner, ATB and many more.
Donnie Estopinal, Founder and CEO of Disco Donnie Presents, shares his commitment to fostering unique educational experiences in communities he serves, “Dr. Bob’s Sonic Workshop is especially rewarding way for Something Wicked to give back to Houston because we can offer our strengths and expertise to positively affect children’s lives. The goal of the workshop is simple — we want to help develop the creative abilities of the community’s children in a lasting manner.”
The Bob Moog Foundation is excited to bring Dr. Bob’s Workshop to a large, diverse student population such as Cornelius Elementary. This opportunity perfectly addresses our mission of igniting creativity through the intersection of music, science, history and imagination. We extremely grateful to Disco Donnie Presents for its generous support of our educational initiatives.
Dr. Bob’s Workshop and Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience are both outgrowths of the Bob Moog Foundation’s educational initiative Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, a nine week curriculum taught at the second grade level to students in Western North Carolina. Our goal is to grow the curriculum nationwide in the coming years.