Aim: What are the sounds we hear in the city and in nature?
Summary: Students listen to and describe sounds.
Standards: US 2, 3; NYC 6, 8
Modality: responding, creating
Materials: audio examples, student worksheets (The Sounds Around Us, What Do I Hear?)
Time Required: 20 minutes
This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

Instructions

  1. Play the following sound effects.
    • Download Audio: Siren
    • Download Audio: Jackhammer
    • Download Audio: Rainstorm
    • Download Audio: Birds chirping
    Audio download help
  2. Have students identify each sound that they hear on the student worksheet.
    Download Student Worksheet: The Sounds Around Us
  3. Play the sounds effects again. Ask students questions about what they hear.
    Are the sounds the same or different?
    Is the sound loud or soft?
    Is the sound connected or separated?
    Is the sound high or low?
    How can we move to that sound?
  4. Have students identify and describe other sounds they hear in the classroom or in their neighborhood. Have students draw a picture of the object(s) that make sound on their worksheet.

Going Deeper

  1. Listen to music that is inspired by nature. What do you hear in the music? Is the music loud or soft? High or low? Connected or separated?
    • Download Audio: RIMSKY KORSOKOV Flight of the Bumblebee
    • Download Audio: STRAUSS The Blue Danube
    • Download Audio: CHOPIN Prelude in D-flat major, “Raindrop,” Op. 28, No. 15
    Audio download help
  2. As students listen, have them circle or point to the expressive qualities they hear on the What Do I Hear? student worksheet.
    Download Student Worksheet: What Do I Hear?

Assessment

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Creative Commons License
Music Educators Toolbox by Carnegie Hall is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

“Ambulance” recorded by Mike Koenig. Published by SoundBible.com. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Jackhammer audio is made available through the Community Audio collection. Sound file licensed as Public Domain.

“Rain” recorded by Mike Koenig. Published by SoundBible.com. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Sunny Day” recorded by Stephan and published by SoundBible.com. Sound file licensed as Public Domain.

“Flight of the Bumblebee” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Performed by the U.S. Army Band. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.

The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II. Available from Musopen. Sound files on the Musopen repository are licensed as Public Domain.

Prelude in D-flat major “Raindrop,” Op. 28, No. 15 by Frédéric Chopin. Performed and published by Thomas B. Dawkins and available from IMSLP. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.