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Educators' Resource Center

Note: Like much of this website, the resources collected here date from about 2004-2007. Many of the external links are no longer working, but you can likely do a quick search to find many of the articles listed.

The Educators' Resource Center offers a comprehensive archive for teachers, parents, and individuals who are looking for activities, exercises, and worksheets relevant to soundscape-oriented learning. Included are practical ways to integrate CDs, listening in your own home places, and a cross-cultural awareness of listening practices into your programs.

Peruse the links (below or to the right) to get a sense of the ways that you can bring soundscape awareness into your classroom. We'd like to facilitate a sense of community among teachers doing this work, so please, be in touch!

"I hear the soundscape as a language with which places and societies express themselves. In the face of rampant noise pollution, I want to be understanding and caring of this 'language' and how it is 'spoken.' I compose with any sound that the environment offers to the microphones, just as a writer works with all the words that a language provides. It is in the specific ways in which the language is selected, organized, and processed that composition occurs. . . . I like to position the microphone very close to the tiny, quiet, and complex sounds of nature, then amplify and highlight them: to make them audible to the numbed urban ear. Perhaps in that way these natural sounds can be understood as occupying an important place in the soundscape and warrant respect and protection." Hildegard Westerkamp

Introductions to Acoustic Ecology

Short introductions from - Three short overviews to get you oriented: Acoustic Ecology in the classroom and the field, Simple Exercises in Acoustic Ecolog, and Using soundscape recordings in the classroom. [GO]

An introduction to acoustic ecology - a journal article by Kendell Wrightson which provides an in-depth introducton to the history and scope of the field of acoustic ecology. [GO]

Curriculum Guides, Lesson Plans, Reading Lists

Explore Sound - An educational resource/curriculum website from the Acoustical Society of America. [WEBSITE]

Articles, Books, and Enrichment Materials

WFAE Library - Links to a wide range of articles on acoustic ecology themes. [GO]

Books by R. Murray Schafer - Online catalog from the first champion of acoustic ecology. [GO]

CDs for Classroom Settings

EarthEar - Collection of CDs from producers worldwide. [GO]

Quick guides to tracks on two EarthEar CDs- Why do Whales and Children Sing?: A Guide to Listening in Nature, and The Dreams of Gaia [GO]

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