• Kindergarten: Expressive Qualities

  • Exploring the Sounds Around Us

    Aim: What are the sounds we hear in the city and in nature?
    Summary: Students listen to and describe sounds.
    Standards: US 6, 7; NYC 1, 2 
    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

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  • MET K Instructions
  • 1.  Play the following sound effects:
    2.  Have students identify each sound that they hear on the student worksheet.
    MET K-Worksheet 06 SoundsAroundUs
    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.

  • MET K 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?

    2.  As students listen, have them circle or point to the expressive qualities they hear on the What Do I Hear? student worksheet.

    07 MET K-Worksheets Expressive Qualities
    Download Student Worksheet:
    What Do I Hear?
  • MET K Video

  • Expressive Qualities Activity


    Summative Assessment Exemplar: Expressive Qualities
  • MET K Related Content

  • The musical group Polygraph Lounge wrote a song inspired by sounds they hear in the city.

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