The Nature of Music

Revealing the mysterious and mathematical roots of music, from neanderthals to whales and Pythagoras to modern astronomers.

This film was submitted to the SCINEMA 2021 International Science Film Festival and was selected to feature in our Australian, Maths, Nature, Junior and School categories. It also achieved the SCINEMA Junior Award at the festival. The filmmaker has kindly allowed us to continue to show the film beyond the festival. Watch it below and download the accompanying educational resource for fun activities to use with your students.

Video Length: 9:00 mins

Film Description

Revealing the mysterious and mathematical roots of music, from neanderthals to whales and Pythagoras to modern astronomers.

Lesson Inspiration

This award-winning SCINEMA Junior film shows how music is used throughout the universe, even beyond humans. It looks at the mathematics behind music and the concepts that explain musical notes, pitch and rhythm.

Useful when:

Learning about waves with Year 9 students and demonstrating how music, maths and science are all connected.

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Years: 8

Topics:

Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional – Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understanding.

Concepts (South Australia):

Physical Sciences – Energy

SCINEMA International Science Film Festival is the largest science film festival in the Southern Hemisphere! The 2021 festival is now over but we have permission for some of the films and their associated educational resources to use with your students.

Each resource is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and contains hands-on activities for your students. Designed to engage and inspire, these resources demonstrate STEM careers and skills to your students, encouraging them to be curious thinkers, problem-solvers and contributing citizens within society.