Natural Creators of Magical Sounds: Online Early Years Workshops 14 Aug 2021

Experiment and create new sounds and compositions with your little one in these playful music workshops led by composer Karen Power.

Using ‘found sounds’ made from everyday stuff you can find around the house and outside in nature, this workshop invites little ones’ natural openness and curiosity through a series of delightful composing, improvising, listening and play activities.

Children, along with their grown-ups, will use a playful approach to create their own magical music and soundscapes.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a parent or grown-up should be present in the room throughout the event, and if necessary be available to assist their child. Grown-ups will be asked to actively participate in this workshop alongside the children exploring and creating sound together.

  • Computer/Tablet with internet access for Zoom – placed on a table at children’s eye level (Unfortunately, the sound quality of smartphones are not ideal for a music workshop - for your own enjoyment we would encourage you to use a tablet or computer if possible)
  • Three objects from around the house and three objects you’ve found outside in nature that makes an interesting sound you like
  • One rectangle piece of cardboard for each child about A4 size, e.g. cereal box card, paper, even box lid will do
  • Cushion or comfy seat to sit on

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by those booked, the artists and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

About Karen Power

Karen is a composer based in Cork. Her compositions use two primary sources; acoustic instruments and everyday sound-objects/environmental soundscapes. Everyday environments and how we hear every day sounds lies at the core of her practice. She is interested in blurring the distinction between what we consider ‘music’ and all other sound.