STEM: Science of Sound Residency (6th-8th grade)

The Science of Sound Residency is revised for the 2013-2014 school year and will be presented by teaching artist Aaron Fowler. Using music to introduce and increase students’ understanding of the principles of sound vibrations, Mr. Fowler brings science, music and technology together in this interactive residency where students explore the creation of homemade musical instruments, the applications of tone generators and the technology of Garage Band. The residency will also include a show-n-tell session allowing the students to demonstrate the principles of sound and the properties of acoustics they have learned. The content is tailored to the middle school level science standards and indicators, and the activities correlate with the students’ textbook, Science Explorer: Sound and Light.

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Program Details

Appropriate for ages: Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Max Audience: one class
Costs: Three 50-minute sessions: $381 (includes planning meeting and 3 sessions with the same students)


Aaron Fowler

Aaron Fowler draws from 12 years as a public school teacher working at both the elementary and middle school level and more than a decade as a songwriter and educational consultant.

Aaron also performs for Arts Partners in the duos “Pete and Woody” and “Adventures in Story and Song” and is a Kansas Wolf Trap and Baby Artsplay artist.


Thank you very much for working with our students this year. As a talented and very approachable adult, you made a positive and lasting impression. You adapted lessons quickly to match learning and emotional abilities. Lessons were fun and full of lighthearted, no pressure, laughter and direction. The kids have left this year with a sense of “I CAN.”

D. Miner, Sowers Alternative High School, Wichita

We are repeat customers and hope to always be. Songs are catchy and entertaining. I connect with the artist and want to hang out on the porch and jam all summer long. The program provides a mix of entertainment and learning. The hope is that more information is retained because it is presented in such a terrific way. Again the artist is amazing at spontaneously changing during the performance and interacting closely with a small group audience.

S. Bates, Anderson Elementary, Wichita

Aaron was excellent in connecting with students and staff. He has an incredible way of reaching out to audiences, feeding them pertinent information.

G. Cravens, Chisholm Life Skills Center

Aaron’s professionalism brought out the best in the students. His experience helped the students gain confidence from the residency.

R. Valdez, 11th grade, Heights High School, Wichita

He was great! He had the 2nd graders mesmerized. Everyone was singing along.

N. Squire, Art Instructor, Beech Elementary, Wichita

He totally captivated the kids of all ages within seconds of beginning. He encouraged participation from all students. Awesome JOB!

T. Belcher, Linwood Elementary, Wichita

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