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Soundscapes: The Arab World

Mix sounds from the music of the Arab world.

About

Age range: Good for 7-12 grades

Estimated Time: 30 minutes- 1 hour

Key Technology: You can use this on a computer—but you will need speakers (or headphones) to hear the music/audio tracks.

A Web interactive that allows students to mix sounds (beats, environment, instrument, music and voice) from the Arab World to create unique audio soundscapes.

Think About...

Creating Strategy: As you create your own sounds with the interactive, think about the following:

Before you get started, think of what you already know about Arab music. What are some of the sounds or instruments you associate with this type of music? Have you heard music from the Arab world before? Who were the artists/groups/styles, etc? What do you remember about it? Keep these things in mind as you explore the interactive.

CLICK on a map point to learn more about the history and culture of that region.

DRAG a map point to a mixer channel to listen to that point’s sound.

MIX your soundscape using volume and pan controls.

EMAIL your soundscape to share it with others.

  • Look at the map of the Arab world. What is meant by the term “Arab world”? What countries are included?
  • What do you know about each of these countries? How are they different from or similar to one another?
  • What are some of the unique elements (instruments, rhythms, etc.) of Arab music?

Learn More

Dig Deeper!

Use this resource in conjunction with Arabesque: Music of the Arab World for a more complete exploration of music in the Arab world. Be sure to download the vocabulary sheet to learn some of the terminology essential to fully understanding this lesson.

For the Educator

More advanced students would benefit from individual or group research projects on the countries included in the Arab World or the instruments used in Arab music.

How to Create a Soundscape

CLICK on a map point to learn more about the history and culture of that region.

DRAG a map point to a mixer channel to listen to that point’s sound.

MIX your soundscape using volume and pan controls.

EMAIL your soundscape to share it with others.

Use this in conjunction with Arabesque: Music of the Arab World for a more complete lesson.

Credits

Writers

Jen Westmoreland Bouchard
Adaptation

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