Spring 2015 quarter
The sounds we make and hear help us to survive. Bird song is a beautiful case study in this aspect of sensory ecology—how our senses help us make sense of our environment and exist within a natural web populated by species that constantly interact. Students will be expected to identify dozens of birds by their songs and will hone these skills on field trips to bird sanctuaries across the state. We will become acquainted with bird anatomy and physiology, and compare and contrast the systems of sound production, perception and cognition of birds and humans. Learning to analyze sounds and critique pieces of music, we'll put together audio and video field recordings and rigorous scientific field notes, using and contributing to developing online resources in this field of study.
Science students may pursue projects in their fields, propose or contribute to related Science Carnival projects, or complete a senior capstone project within the program. Music students may also pursue and collaborate on such projects. They may build DIY field recording gear such as parabolic microphones, compose music inspired by bird song, create music theatre pieces dramatizing aspects of birdlife, adapt existing texts such as Aristophanes' play, "The Birds," or study the lives and works of composers and performers like those profiled in "The Book of Music and Nature."
Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies or careers in
Location and Schedule
Offered during: Day
|March 13th, 2014||This program has been cancelled.|