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Lesson Eight: Biomusicologist

What is a BioMusicologist and what does he/she do?

National Science Education Standards

Content Standard A: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

  • Understanding about scientific inquiry.

Content Standard E: Science and Technology

  • Abilities of technological design
  • Understanding about science and technology

Content Standard G: History and Nature of Science

  • Science as a human endeavor

Objectives: NCSCOS Science

Competency Goal One: The learner will conduct investigations and build an understanding of animal life cycle.

Competency Goal Four: The learner will conduct investigations and use appropriate technology to build an understanding of the concepts of sound.

NCSCOS Music Objectives

GOAL 6: The learner will listen to, analyze, and describe music. (National Standard 6)

  • 6.03 Use appropriate terminology in explaining music, music notation, music instruments and voices, and music performances.
  • 6.07 Show respect while listening to and analyzing music.

GOAL 8: The learner will understand relationships between music, the other arts, and content areas outside the arts. (National Standard 8)

  • 8.02 Identify ways in which the principles and subject matter of other content areas taught in the school are related to those of music.

GOAL 9: The learner will understand music in relation to history and culture. (National Standard 9)

  • 9.01 Identify the style of aural musical examples from various historical periods and cultures.
  • 9.04 Identify and describe roles of musicians in various musical settings and cultures.

Concepts: Researchers work together in teams to find answers to questions.


  • BioMusician – a person who studies music from a biological point of view
  • Career — the particular occupation for which you are trained


  • Computer
  • Science notebook


45 minutes

Process Skills:

  • Observe
  • Communicate
  • Measure
  • Predict

Procedure: (Engage, Explore)

  • Discuss how researchers have gathered information about birds.
  • Generate a list of ways (observation, data collection etc).
  • Discuss what scientists are researching today.
  • Go to the wildmusic website to see collaborating researchers and their expertise of study.
  • Discuss how researchers work together to identify problems and solutions; they often work in teams with different individuals doing different things to contribute to the results.
  • Go to Steve Nowicki’s Duke website to see his bird research. Discuss how his science and music background would help him to become a BioMusicologist.
  • Create a Venn diagram for music and science to see how they work together in BioMusic.

Class Reflection: (Explain)

  • What is a biomusicologist?
  • What are the duties of a biomusicologist?
  • How can you become a biomusicologist?

Elaborate: (Extend)

Authentic Assessment: (Evaluate)

Group participation

Science notebook entry on BioMusicologist

Venn diagram comparing music and science in Biomusic