A soundscape is a sound or combination of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive environment.
Soundscapes is a mini course that teaches students to use environmental cues, language, and personal reflection to inspire musical composition. The 5-day workshop provides young musicians a context-based approach that helps them feel part of a larger environment and effectively express that connection through poetry and music. This course is open to children 8-14 years old who have studied piano, a string instrument, guitar, or percussion for at least 1 year. Basic understanding of notation is strongly encouraged.
Students work both independently and collaboratively, with the opportunity to build off one another’s inspiration while maintaining individual focus. The program is about expression more than performance, and students are encouraged to share their words and music with friends and family in an open event at the close of the session.
Soundscapes is both an intensive week-long camp program and an ongoing program during the academic year in which students can continue and extend their creative process in subsequent sessions, meet and collaborate with new students, and work with new themes, processes, and techniques.
The fundamental aims of Soundscapes are to explore composition and song-writing, and to encourage children and teens to feel that the world around and within are profoundly interconnected and can be a source of mutual wellspring of inspiration. Soundscapes seeks to help students express what may be difficult to articulate through words alone, providing for increased clarity of thought, confidence, and self esteem.