Photo Soundtracks

Age Range: 7 - 11
By: Alastair Wilbee

An activity I've used with Year 3 children... Using the school's environment as a stimulus for producing a soundscape.

Take digital photos of around the school representing a variety of different aspects (natural, man-made etc). Look especially for patterns e.g. gates, bricks.

Enhance these using any photo software and print onto OHP slides in colour. Discuss with the children previous composition projects and suggest ways of producing a 'sound track' to the slides as in a film. You could combine the pictures using Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, or with sites like Animoto.

Present their music in assembly, find ways of recording their composition for the future.

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