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Music: Rainforest Soundscape

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Music

Description of activity

Students create and perform a soundscape using a rainforest collage as a score.

  1. Students work in small groups of 5 or 6. They use their voices, instruments and environmental sounds to produce a soundscape of a rainforest.
  2. Students experiment with musical concepts, especially dynamics and tone colour.
  3. They practise and perform their soundscape. Different students might ‘conduct’ the performance.

Suggested materials

Jeannie Baker, Where the Forest Meets the Sea, Julia MacRae Books, Lane Cove, 1987
musical instruments, environmental sound sources

Prior learning

As a class, students have read the book, Where the Forest Meets the Sea. They have used their voices, instruments and environmental sound sources to produce a soundscape of a rainforest. They have experimented with playing instruments softly and gradually adding instruments to create layers in the soundscape. In groups, students have created a rainforest collage.

Board of Studies NSW, Creative Arts K–6 Units of Work, pp 72–78

Outcomes

Performing (MUS1.1)
Sings, plays and moves to a range of music, demonstrating an awareness of musical concepts.
Organising Sound (MUS1.2)
Explores, creates, selects and organises sound in simple structures.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • perform a soundscape using a variety of instruments and environmental sound sources
  • organise musical ideas into a simple structure
  • explore the tone colour of instruments and environmental sound sources to represent a rainforest
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