Sound Pictures

The leader or one member of the group acts as conductor, whilst the rest of the group are the ‘orchestra’. Using their voices (and body percussion if appropriate!), the group paints a sound picture of a particular theme, for example the seaside, a city, a jungle. The leader controls the shape of the piece by raising her hand to increase the volume or bringing it to touch the floor for silence. Below you can hear a sound picture created by a group of teachers at one of our Primary Drama INSET courses.

  • One way to do this is to allow everybody to choose their own sound – discuss what types of sound might be appropriate before you start.
  • Or, if it is a very large group, or very lively, you can divide the participants into sections, giving a particular sound for each section, then conduct them accordingly.
  • The group should bear in mind contrasting and complementary sounds and try to be aware of natural peaks and troughs in the piece – or the conductor can try to create these.
  • Sound pictures can easily be used as part of an improvisation or performance

 

Learning Objectives: To develop awareness of how sound may be used to create atmosphere
To develop listening skills
To develop group awareness
Age Group: 5+
Participants: Whole group
Recommended time for activity: 10-20 minutes