Global Soundscapes for Elementary

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Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth is an interactive theatre program blending live presentation with audio and video recordings of biologists, environmental scientists, and indigenous peoples around the world. This program introduces students to the emerging field of Soundscape Ecology, focusing on the diversity and changes in ecosystems that can be detected through analysis of audio recordings.

A Soundscape is a recording of all the sounds that can be heard in a particular location. Thanks to advances in audio recording and computer analysis technology, scientists are now using Soundscapes on a massive scale to study the health of ecosystems and the effects that humans are having on natural environments.

  • Investigate the dramatic soundscapes of Costa Rica’s rainforests, Hawaii’s coral reefs, and Mongolia’s vast grasslands. 
  • Learn about the tools that scientists use to record and analyze sounds.
  • Explore basic acoustics through interactive activities and incredible slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal chords, and slobbering “raspberries.”
  • Discover what soundscapes tell us about the health of our planet. 


$3 per student (licensing fee)


  • 45 min


Global Soundscapes for Elementary 10am (daily)

Grade Level(s): 

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7


  • Animals
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Sound
  • Sustainability



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