Do you want your music students to explore and listen carefully to the sounds which surround them everyday? Why not take them on a soundwalk? All you have to do is design a route for your soundwalk and lead your students silently through one or more locations so that they can critically listen to and differentiate various sounds.
- 1-page profile of Canadian composer and sound ecologist Hildegard Westerkamp, the inventor of the soundwalk
- 1 sheet where students can draw the sounds they hear in Westerkamp's piece "Beneat The Forest Floor" (1992)
- 1-page "What Is a Soundwalk?" sheet (explains what a soundwalk is to students, as well as a couple of basic soundwalk rules)
- "Sorry! Can't talk now…I'm on a soundwalk" template to print out and give to your students to show their peers if someone talks to them while they're on the soundwalk
- Teacher instructions
- 1-page Soundwalk Reflection Sheet which asks students to contemplate the sounds they heard and answer questions such as "Which sound was the most interesting?" and "Which sound surprised you the most?"
- 1-page description of the Soundwalk Response Project, which encourages students to represent the sounds they heard and/or their soundwalk experience creatively (collage, poem, etc. - makes for a great bulletin board/hallway display!)