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Sounds are part of our everyday lives and help us to make sense of the world around us. We use sound to communicate, to warn of danger, and as a form of entertainment. Explore the nature of sound and how we sense it, dive into the science and art behind the tools we use to create different types of sound, and discover how humans use this compression of air molecules we call sound to create the emotional experience we call music.

Take a journey into the world of sound and music! 


SoundSense Concerts: Join us the 3rd Thursday of February, March, and April for our SoundSense Concert series, featuring local musicians. Learn More


Sensing Sound

Sound is a vibration. Humans have adapted the abilities to hear, see, and feel sound vibrations to help us engage with our environment. Take a turn in the butt-kicker chair and try out our hearing range test to sense it for yourself!



How Sound Is Made

Sound energy moves in waves. Wavelength, frequency, and amplitude are basic properties that all types of waves have in common. Sound waves need a medium to move through, so what will happen when you play music in our vacuum bell jar?



Feeling Sound

Sound influences human emotion. These emotional responses enable people to communicate ideas and feelings through sounds and music — to warn of danger, to entertain, and even to heal. What music makes you feel like dancing? What would it be like to watch a movie scene you love with a completely different soundtrack?



Adjusting Sound

Sound and technology have each influenced the other. Technology is a driving force in the music industry and advancements in sound recording and reproduction have evolved the way we play and listen to music. Take a stroll through the past to see how our music technology has changed over time.

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Things That Make Sound

Many types of musical instruments produce sound, classified according to the method they use to create sound vibrations. Explore all kinds of instruments from all over the world from a Buddhist double reed horn from Tibet to a 3D-printed guitar from the Rochester Institute of Technology. How are they similar? How are they different?



Download Social Story

Social Stories are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why. Here is one that we've created for a visit to the Rochester Museum & Science Center, including the SoundSense, exhibit to make your next visit a positive, accessible experience.


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Program support thanks to Rochester Music Hall of Fame and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Special thanks to House of Guitars

The RMSC gratefully acknowledges all of the generous contributions and volunteer time that aided in the creation of SoundSense. Special thanks to the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and the Inclusion Advisory Group for their dedication of time and talent in making this experience engaging for everyone. 


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