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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

Musicopia offers quality
“Little Ones” programming
for Early Learning Centers

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  •  Special Needs  •  After-School/Community

Catch the Vibrations Workshop

Music and science combine in this interactive small group 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?   (Max. ~25 students)


Best for: K-5  •  Special Needs  •  After-School/Community

Catch the Vibrations Residency

Catch the Vibrations is an interdisciplinary exploration into how sound is produced, how musical instruments are made and what goes into preparing for a concert. The introductory assembly performed by the Barnett String Quartet is an interactive presentation on the science of sound using musical selections and demonstrations. The assembly is followed by a series of workshops.


The students are introduced to the sound concepts of vibration, sound waves, molecules, pitch and loud and soft. In class, the students make their own percussion, string and wind family of instruments using everyday materials. They perform at the final assembly on the instruments they have made with the Barnett String Quartet.

Best for: K-8  •  Special Needs  •  After-School/Community

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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