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Soundhoppers is a sound exploration playgroup for nursery and infant school children aged between 3-11 years old.

The sessions aim to encourage the children in becoming careful, deep listeners, and aim for them to become more nuanced and sensitive to the different qualities of sound around them. We do this by getting them to explore and play with specially constructed Soundboxes, and by a variety of listening exercises that explore various qualities of sound – whether that’s proximity (ie how far or close a sound is) or timbre (ie the tonality and type of sound), or volume (ie how loud or quiet a sound is).

We have a slightly different approach from regular music workshops in that we focus on the wider creative possibilities with the medium of sound rather than on musicality. Music is usually considered a language in itself in that it involves rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and modes of performance, but we feel steering away from this language allows children to be much more uninhibited in their explorations, and allows for a freer and more playful engagement.

Our intention then, is to instill within the children a sense of careful listening and sonic curiosity without the formalities of musical language.

Ages:

Early Years Age 3-5, KS1 Age 5-7, KS2 Age 7-11

Locations:

Greater London

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