Music Mondays: Exploration of Pitch, Pt 2

Let’s learn some more about pitch! If you haven’t already, check out our other Music Monday post about pitch

Remember that when we talk about pitch, we’re talking about how high or low a sound is. Sound is made out of vibrations; really fast vibrations create high pitched sounds, while slower vibrations create low pitched sounds. 

Nature is a great place to find examples of pitch. Can you make a chirping or tweeting sound like a bird? Birds usually make high pitched sounds. What about a cow? Can you give a loud “moooo”? Cows make low pitched sounds. 

Can you think of any other animals that make high pitched sounds? What about low pitched sounds? 

Check out this video to listen to some more animal sounds. Which ones have a high pitch? Which ones have a low pitch?

Another way to explore high and low pitched sounds is by listening to musical instruments or singer’s voices. Instruments like tubas have a low pitch, while instruments like flutes have a high pitch. Can you listen to the playlist below and pick which instruments have a high pitch and which ones have a low pitch? What about the singer’s voices – are they high or low pitched?

Vocab Words

Sound: Sounds are vibrations moving through the air that can be heard when they reach our ears.
Vibration: Vibrations occur when something moves up and down or back and forth very quickly. 
Pitch: Pitch means how high or how low a sound is. Fast vibrations = high pitched sounds. Slower vibrations = low pitched sounds.

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