Evelyn Glennie is a percussion player performing at solo concerts. She is an enormously successful musician despite being deaf. She has learned to use her whole body to 'hear' sounds. For example, she describes feeling the vibrations on her cheekbones, scalp and chest.

This clip is from:
Science Clips, Changing Sounds
First broadcast:
12 October 2007

Can be used before a session in which simple musical instruments are made using rubber bands, balloons and various containers. The pupils could find and draw vibrations following the use of a selection of large percussion or string instruments. By using lightweight objects like rice or paper on a drum, vibrations can be made more visible. Children could watch this and then begin their own investigations into how sound travels through other materials such as wood, water and bone. A demonstration of a tuning fork making patterns in water could be used to encourage the pupils to watch out for other evidence of vibrations in the environment. It could also be used in a plenary to help to explain vibrations and how sounds are transmitted.