Music KS3: Finding sounds around you to create music

Kid Carpet joins composer Jules Rawlinson and a class of schoolchildren to experiment with ‘found sounds’.

They use digital sound recorders to capture noises from around their school, before uploading them to a computer and editing them into a composition.

This is from the series: Compose Yourself

Teacher Notes

Encourage students to conduct an extensive exploration of sound sources that could be recorded.

Anything that moves or can safely be struck, scraped or twanged can be investigated in the schoolroom and around the school.

Sounds can be recorded using a hand-held recorder, mobile phone or digital camera, then edited using free downloadable software available online.

Ask students to select one of the sounds and use it to make a good basic beat.

Students can then select other sounds and add them to the mix in different rhythms.

Alternatively, students could collect a range of items that make interesting sounds, and use these to create a live musical composition.

Students could build up the beats and rhythm in the same way as shown in this clip, but play their instruments live.

They could record their final composition and share with classmates.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Music at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Also 2nd and 3rd level in Scotland.

More from the series: Compose Yourself

Taking inspiration from your surroundings to compose music
Using everyday objects to create music
Composing a piece of music using unpitched percussion
Composing a silent film soundtrack