A Found Sound Band in Kindergarten


Music Rationale:  Discovering music lives all around us

EARL Connection :


     1 - The student uses listening and observation skills to gain understanding.
         1) focus attention

2 -  listen and observe to gain and interpret information

The Arts   

1. The student understands and applies Arts knowledge and skills.
1.1 Understands arts concepts and vocabulary
1.2 Develops arts skills and techniques


Students will be able to:

  1. find common objects around the classroom that make   interesting noises

  2. following directions such as making big noises, quiet noises, stopping/starting on cue

  3. make noise with their found object in a variety of ways (using hands, floor, tapping, rubbing, etc).

Materials:  None, all are provided in a typical classroom

Body of Lesson -

Have the kindergartners gather around you on the floor in a circle.  Show the children a variety of items you have found around the classroom. Materials might include: a spoon, scissors, a bowl, a box of crayons.  Lead the kindergartner in a discussion about the various uses of the materials gathered.  After talking about typical uses, tell the children, "We are going to use them in a totally different way today!"  Then model the different ways to make sounds with the items gathered.  Use the spoon to tap, swirl on the bowl.  Make the crayons into a rattle.  Open and close the scissors to make sounds.  After the modeling is completed, invite children to make sounds a different way that you just did for them. Have one or two children at a time enter the circle and then demonstrate their sound.  After the children have shown different ways to make sounds, send the class off to find a musical instrument from a regular classroom item.

After the students are back into a circle, let each child show how their sound is made. You may then conduct a "found sound band."  Below are some examples of ways to direct the music:

  • Play your instrument slowly

  • Play your instrument quickly

  • Play softly

  • Play loudly

  • Fade in and out (Teacher stands in the middle of the circle and slowly turns while pointing, when the teacher points at individual students, they start or stop, depending on the direction).

This lesson was adapted from E. Zevik.

Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.