Get into the Groove is a unique way of enjoying music. In this activity, you can experiment with different ways of listening to records, while learning about sound and vibration. This fresh way to play with an “antiquated” technology inspires experimentation and leads to new sounds—and hopefully music to your ears! You can get into your own groove by attaching a sewing needle to an everyday object and listening to the sounds that are created as the grooves in the record vibrate the needle. Grab any interesting container, material, or contraption that you have lying around and listen to the surprising ways they amplify noises! You’ll have a pie pan to your ear or a pipecleaner between your teeth in no time!
Why we like it
What are the qualities we value in this activity?
Science and Art Connections
This music-centered activity will get you thinking about both the facts and the feelings that are associated with hearing sounds. Thinking about one activity from two perspectives deepens and enriches your experience.
New Uses for Everyday Objects
You’ll begin to think of objects as amplifiers or speakers, instead of mere clothes hangers or mailboxes. Using your imagination to think up new uses for your items can help you reuse and recycle old materials.
You can change many variables during your play, and notice audible results. You’ll hone your inquiry skills as you switch from a cardboard box to a metal one, cut your dowel down inch-by-inch, or reposition your sewing needle on your pipecleaner.
Playful and Inventive
Who doesn’t like listening to music? Build together, create new sounds, and relive old songs as you play with new ways to rock out!