Found Sound Band
of Lesson: Working in groups of five, students will compose a one- minute musical
piece using the found sounds they brought from home. Students will choose symbols to represent each sound and
compose their piece, layering two or more random sounds throughout the
composition. Students will
then perform their musical composition for the entire class.
Goals of lesson:
1. Found sounds brought
2. Paper and pencil.
Clock or second hand on a watch to keep track of
1. Group completes musical
2. Evidence of flow and layering
Cooperatively working in groups.
1. Group presents musical composition.
Working in groups of eight or more, have
students create a composition that lasts two to three minutes.
Have students design and build their own instruments to be used
in a musical composition.
visual art, writing
I must admit that I was afraid to ask my
students to create a musical composition of any kind in our classroom
setting. After my second
weekend of instruction, you (Emma) talked with me and told me that the
whole purpose of our class was to allow students to compose and create
their own sounds. This
really upset me, not only did I not think that I could teach music, but
now I must ask my students to create their own pieces.
I decided to use the exercise I was taught in class, using found
sounds and creating a composition with a cooperative group.
I modified the clock assignment we learned in class, I put my
students in groups of five, and asked the group to compose a musical
piece using all the found sounds in their group to cooperatively compose
a one-minute piece to perform in front of the class.
The aura in the class was phenomenal.
The students spent twenty minutes discussing and practicing their
sounds, while working to create their final piece for performance.
I was so excited by their enthusiasm, I ran to the principalsí
office and asked her to come and observe my students at work while they
were composing their pieces. The
students did a great job working together and composing music from found
sounds, and I feel that they learned that there is more to music then
what they listen to on the radio. I
also learned that I could give my students experiences that I may not be
comfortable teaching, and my students will succeed on their own.
Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.