Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool

Teaching Children About the Science of Sound Through Music and Technology

Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool (DBSS), the hallmark educational project of the Bob Moog Foundation, is an innovative, experiential 10-week curriculum that teaches second-grade students the physics of sound using both acoustic and electronic musical instruments including the theremin, and technological tools, like oscilloscopes. The information taught through the musical instruments is supplemented by custom educational materials developed by the BMF educational team.

Through Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, students learn about:

How sound is made (vibrations, waveforms, energy)
How sound travels (through identifying the source, medium, and receiver of sound)
Parameters of sound (pitch/frequency and loudness/amplitude)
The physical difference between music and noise (periodic and aperiodic waveforms)
How sound is heard (how the ear is constructed, and how it works)
Scientific methodology (writing down your idea, testing the idea, writing down the results and conclusion, just like Bob did in his schematic notebooks!)

Additional Information

Efficacy of Dr. Bob's SoundSchool
Assessments from pilot programs show that students who complete the Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool curriculum demonstrate a stronger ability to adapt their knowledge of the basic physics of sound in novel situations than those students who participated in the standard course of study, indicating that DBSS achieves its goal of inspiring creative thinkers of tomorrow. To learn more about the assessment, see this excellent report from our DBSS Curriculum Research Coordinator, Dr. Jonna Kwiatkowski.
Program Growth
We piloted Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool in eight classroom in Asheville City Schools during the 2011-2012 academic year with great success. The following academic year, we increased the students served four-fold and expanded into neighboring Buncombe County Schools. We now serve over 1,500 children in 70 classrooms in three different school districts, including rural Madison County.

The Bob Moog Foundation intends to expand Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool both regionally and nationally over the next three to five years.

Please donate today to help us achieve that important goal!

Objectives of the Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool curriculum are
Educate students about the science of sound in an inspirational way using a new and creative paradigm which is simple, effective, accurate, and fun.
Adhere to regional and national standards for science curriculum.
Ignite the innovative spirit in students through the pioneering work and legacy of Bob Moog to encourage thinkers able to solve tomorrow’s problems.
Inspire and empower teachers to understand and teach the physics of sounds for years to come.

Hear Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool students, teachers, administrators and curriculum creators talk about the fantastic impact of this curriculum in the video below.

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