POSTPONED: Physics of Music CPD Day

Event Information

25 April 2020
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The IOP has been closely monitoring the evolution of risks associated with Covid-19 (also known as Coronavirus) both domestically and internationally.

People’s health and wellbeing is our number one priority, including visitors to our events across the UK and Ireland. We also want to play our part in helping to slow the spread of the virus.

In light of recent developments, the IOP has taken the decision to cancel all face to face events until the end of May, including Physics of Music CPD day. We are investigating the option of providing some workshops remotely on the day and will be in touch as soon as we have some more information.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Everyone is welcome to attend this day, designed for science teachers, technicians, NQTs, teacher trainees and  physics subject- specialists.  The day will include a variety of ideas and demonstrations to enrich the teaching of sound, waves and electromagnetism.

Click here to download the full programme

9:30am – 10:00am Registration, Welcome and Refreshments

10:00am – 10.15am Introduction to the Day

10:15am – 11:30am Keynote Presentation 1

11.30am – 11:45am Refreshment Break

11.45am – 12:45pm Keynote Presentation 2

12:45pm – 1:30pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:30pm Workshops Set 1

2:35pm – 3:35pm Workshops Set 2

3:40pm – 4:00pm Evaluations, Raffle and Close

Keynote Presentation 1
Tones, Tines and Tings – Ideas, Demonstrations and Stories to Enrich the Teaching of Sound – Dave Cotton
The sound world of speech and song in which most of us live and communicate is rich and complex. How can we better engage our students in exploring the basic physics on which all this depends? Dave Cotton will enthuse us with ideas and demonstrations that focus on aspects of sound waves in the curriculum and beyond. These ideas tell a story based on the development and usage of oscillation and vibration in music and communication, for example, how to turn a tuning fork and a magnet into a model guitar pick up!

Keynote Presentation 2
How Does the Voice Work and How Has It Been Changed by Technology? – Trevor Cox
Drawing on examples from opera to hip-hop, Trevor Cox shows how physics, psychology and neuroscience can help explain diverse singing styles.

Workshops – you will be asked to select either A or B and either C or D when booking

Workshops Set 1
Choice A: Tones Tines and Tings – Ideas and Demonstrations for Teaching Sound Across All Key Stages
Choice B: Electromagnetism with Practical Demonstrations

Workshops Set 2
Choice C: Sunglasses, Violins, and Electrons
Choice D: Magnetism for All – Especially Chemistry and Biology Specialists.

Please book onto the event using the Eventbrite link below:



  • Chetham’s School of Music
  • Long Millgate, Manchester, M3 1SB
  • United Kingdom
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