S.T.E.M. Class

Music Science

Grades: 1-3*

A Hands-On Exploration of Sound and Music!

This awesome class is BACK with Mr. Devlin, an amazing guitar player and former teacher/principal! Learn about the science behind sound and music, discover instruments, and create our own crazy instruments and do sound experiments!

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Q. Why did the girl sit on the ladder to sing? A. She wanted to reach the high notes!


**BACK for 2023! This awesome class is BACK with Mr. Devlin, an amazing guitar player and former teacher/principal! Get ready to ROCK!

Are you ready to explore the amazing world of sound and music? Join us in the Sound Lab and learn what sound is and how to make your own instruments! We’ll show you how to build shakers, drums, and even kazoos, so you can start making music right away!

But that’s not all – we’ll also have fun with lots of sound experiments! We’ll play games and do cool activities to learn about how sound works and exploring how sound travels through different materials. You’ll get to use special tools to measure how loud sounds are and discover how different shapes and materials affect the way sounds travel. We will play music right off of a spinning record with only a paper cone and a pin!

By the end of the class, you’ll be a pro at making music and understanding how sound works! So come on down to the Sound Lab and let’s rock out together!

This class is the perfect fit for curious young musicians who love to explore and create! If you’re a kid who loves to listen to music and wonders how it’s made, then this is the class for you! Whether you’ve never made an instrument before or you play an instrument of your own, you’ll have a blast learning how to build your own unique creations. If you’re the kind of kid who loves to experiment and discover new things, then you’ll fit right in with our sound explorers!


Nerds will imagine and create amazing musical projects like:

  • Percussion, wind and string instruments (Did you know that the human voice is a wind instrument?!)
  • Glass bottle flute
  • Plastic cup percussion and body percussion
  • Building a guitar
  • Acoustic devices
  • Instrument mods to change sounds
  • DIY turntable and cone amplifier to play a real record
  • Musical compositions to share with the class!


This is a very hands-on class, learning and experimenting with the science of sound and how sound is created and moves through vibrations! Nerds will get to explore “real” instruments, and we will discuss the scientific elements of sound and music while building and playing our own musical compositions. We’ll discuss how to create music and the freedom to make your own rules and designs!

Our Little Nerd classes for grades 1-3, are engaging and exciting and vary greatly in content and structure, but in some form there is always direct instruction from the teacher, guided practice, and independent or small group work with help and support from peers and staff. We usually begin the day with a team building activity and move into our first lesson. Next is a hands-on activity or project. Halfway through the class, kids will take a brief recess and snack break. A second lesson follows break and the kids will do another project/activity or continue one they were working on. Bottom line: It’s hands-on, interactive, fun learning.

SUMMER & BREAK CLASSES ONLY: Class is 3hrs each day, so bring a snack for break time. Also, bring your own refillable water bottle. Don’t have one? Add our Nerding water bottle to your order and pick up on first day of class!


Your nerd will build and discover like these nerds have.

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Registration opens March 2, 2024 @ 10am

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