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Catch the Vibrations

Music and science combine in this interactive program designed to demonstrate through music how sound is produced.

Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards

(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)

3.2.B.5 Science: Physical Sciences – Physics: Nature of Waves A, W, R

9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, W, R

15.4 Learning Through Experience A, W, R

25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults W, R

25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers W, R

Art Form(s): Music

Genre: Classical, Popular

Instrument(s): Violin, Viola, Cello

Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings

Catch the Vibrations Assembly

Music and science combine in this interactive program designed to demonstrate through music how sound is produced. Students learn about sound waves, pitch, vibrato and tone quality, as they contemplate the age-old question: when does sound become music?


Best for: K-5  •  Students with Disabilities  •  After-School/Community

Also available as a Workshop or Residency!

Featuring: Barnett String Quartet

The Barnett String Quartet, led by Davis Barnett, is one of Musicopia’s founding performing groups. The Quartet has been performing with Musicopia for more than 35 years and offers two of Musicopia’s most requested assembly programs, Strings 'Round the World and Catch the Vibrations, in addition to a host of pre-school programs and workshops.


Davis Barnett studied with the Curtis String Quartet and is a graduate of the New School of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He actively performs in many freelance groups throughout the Philadelphia area, including the Pennsylvania Ballet, Opera Company Orchestra, Philly Pops, and Concerto Soloists.  An experienced and dedicated educator, Davis has taught in the Central High School Music Department in the School District of Philadelphia.  Known for his original program ideas, Davis has also developed numerous new programs for Musicopia including: "Strings-Round the World" and "Catch the Vibrations.”

Joined Musicopia: 1980

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