Sound Mapping


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How do sounds influence a region or culture?

Lesson Process:

Step 1:  Explore “How to Make a Sound Map” website. What is the purpose of the maps? How are they created? What similarities and differences do you see?

Step 2: In small groups, explore the sounds in different areas of the school building. Take a small recording device and record a 30 second clip of that area.

Step 3:  As a class, listen to each sound clip. Try to guess where in the school that clip was from. Discuss why and how those sounds influence each area.

Step 4:  In small groups, create individual sound maps of their assigned areas, based on the work from the How to Make a Sound Map website.

Time Required:
30-45 minutes

Materials List:


Create a Sound Map Loop.

Using Garageband or Audacity, have students create a set of loops that identify each area on the sound map. Overlay the original sounds with the loops to create an original composition. The influences of each “region” should be identifiable.