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Learning objects Making music

TLF ID L1192

Make musical notes by plucking a stringed instrument. Explore how a vibrating string creates pressure waves through the air. Look at graphs showing sounds as a waveform. Explore the relationships between string length, musical pitch and wave frequency. Compare musical notes with soundwave patterns and predict one from the other. Match sounds or tunes correctly to score points. Compose your own tune or copy a simple tune. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the same series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore how sounds are caused by vibrating objects.
  • Students adjust the length of a string to change the frequency of vibrations and produce musical notes with a range of pitches.
  • Students compare musical notes with soundwave patterns and predict one from the other.
  • Students identify and produce sounds of a given pitch and assemble them into known tunes or new compositions.
Educational value
  • Encourages students to explore how a range of sounds are generated by a stringed instrument.
  • Allows students to identify relationships between string length, vibration frequency and pitch.
  • Encourages students to recognise patterns within sound waveforms and identify sounds corresponding to them.
  • Provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge of sound waveforms to identify sounds.
  • Includes a recording feature that enables students to compose simple tunes.
  • Provides randomised generation of sounds and tunes to support repeated use.
  • Includes pattern-matching activities with three skill levels that progressively increase in difficulty.
  • Provides an option to print a worksheet containing the musical note sequences for the preset tunes in the object.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Sound
    • Science/Energy transformation
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Games;
    • Experiment;
    • Listening activity;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Problem solving
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.