Creating a Story Through Sound

with Emily Seguin
Creating a Story Through Sound
Creating a Story Through Sound © Christian Leduc
Preschool to Grade 8 Indigenous arts Music Theatre Workshops

Ages 4-14

In this workshop, students are invited to create a story by exploring sound using everyday instruments and objects. Through teamwork, active listening and sound exploration, the artist will guide the students in creating a collective soundtrack that tells a meaningful story (chosen by the group). 

Sound and music tell us stories without words; stories that are unifying and unique, and that can be heard and felt. As humans, we are all creators of sound and thus we are all storytellers. Sound allows us to express what words cannot. 

In one of my collective creations, a play called G’zaagiin, Je te promets une forêt, my co-musician and I create a 30-minute soundtrack, without words, that tells our story and the story of our forests. We use our voices and instruments in unconventional ways to produce the sounds of the forest. For instance, I use a cello bow on the back strings of my drum to produce the sound of a whale. The possibilities of sound exploration are endless! 




Students are encouraged to find an everyday household object or instrument that produces some kind of sound when handled. For example:  

- Dry rice in a Tupperware container 

- Box of tissue paper 

- Empty toilet paper rolls (cardboard tubes) 

- Water bottle 

- Other recycled items (cans, soda bottles, cardboard boxes, etc.) 

- Metal bowls 

- Wooden spoon 

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.