photo by Chris Snyder, Fire & Ice
Jim and a few of his 'toys."
photo by Bill Garlow
Dayton Daily News
We are all antennas!
Jim McCutcheon has found a way to combine his first degree, a B.S. in
with his music-making in a format which uses the guitar as a
springboard to present
a wide variety of scientific concepts to children grades
Incorporating basics of electricity, vibration and materials engineering, Jim
stimulates thought using a few of his "toys" (including an
oscilloscope, signal generator, microphone, strobe light, tuning forks, and, of
course, an electric
guitar) in a 45-50 minute workshop which he has developed
over the past several years, and performed hundreds of times for students grades
3 through 12. These workshops can be done in classrooms for up to 35 students or
for large groups in auditoriums with simple video camera projection
For residencies, Jim helps students take the next step into the world of
and some of the amazing things that they can do with music, including
voice recognition, digital recording and editing. Children can take part in a
session and read their own thoughtful ideas as voiceovers to Jim's
Contact Jim directly at (937) 287-7755.
Jim McCutcheon and air guitar players perform at a stage show at
TechFest, 2004, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio with the guitar
sounds displayed on the oscilloscope. Jim has been a performer at every
I want to thank you for the wonderful workshop you provided for my
fourth grade students and me. We had such a great time
learning how music and science are related and dependent on each other.
Your science and music concepts were right on target and age
appropriate. Thank you for conveying the message that performing
music is fun, while at the same time uses many skills from other
Joan Tullis, E.D. Smith School,
"I learned a
lot about high and low sounds."
"Angelica's drum was loud and the plastic
eyes on top vibrated!"
"The hard soled shoes made big spikes on the
"I liked when we saw the sound
graders, Patterson-Kennedy Elementary, Dayton Public Schools.
Jim's CDs are available at