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Learning objects Making music: make a tune

TLF ID L1196

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. Compose your own tune or copy a simple tune. This learning object is one in a series of four objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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 identify and produce sounds of a given pitch and assemble them into known tunes or new compositions.
Educational value
  • Students explore how a range of sounds are generated by a stringed instrument.
  • Students identify relationships between string length, vibration frequency and pitch.
  • Students recognise patterns within sound waveforms and identify sounds corresponding to them.
  • A recording feature enables students to compose simple tunes.
  • 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;
    • Experiment;
    • Listening activity;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    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.