Creating a Soundscape

Creating A Soundscape

Wayne Splettstoeszer
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Torrington High School – Torrington, Connecticut –

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Music Production


High School


Music Technology


Looped Based Music Creation Software
Microphone (XLR or USB)


225 Minutes – 1 week

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students should have basic working knowledge of a looped based music program.

Students should know how to record audio in a looped based program

NAfME Standards of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME Standards of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.

NAfME 2014: Creating

NAfME Standards of 1994: Listening to, analyzing and describing music.

NAfME 2014: Responding

NAfME Standards of 1994: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

NAfME 2014: Connections


ACID Pro or Garageband
Pre-recorded loops


This is a great lesson to combine with an English/Theater class in your school.

A soundscape is when you take parts of a story or poem and create music for it. I have used this assignment with various Music Tech and English/Theater classes over the years. Very successful.

The English/Theater class will select parts of a story or poem they are working on in class. The English students will narrate their selections into the computer and provide the music technology students with a write up of their story or poem. The write-up will provide mood, character development and any other information needed.

The Music Technology students will take the recording of the narration with the write-up and will start to develop a musical bed that will enhance the story. The final product will be rendered as an MP3.


1. English/Theater class will narrate their selections. Depending on how many students and stories used this could take a couple of 45 periods. An option is to use one story for the entire class.

2. Music Technology students will analyze the narration and write-up provided and will brainstorm what style of music will be needed. 1-2 45 minute periods

3. Creation of soundscape – combining narration and musical bed – 2-3 45 minute periods.


Students will be evaluated on if music created enhances the story and narration. Students will also be evaluated on use of looped based commands and functions.

Follow Up:


Items to Purchase:

Pre-recorded Looped.

When budget should be submitted:


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