Knowledge of Bird Songs

Auditory training in bird song engages middle school students in the synergies between science and music.

A CEF-funded bird expert trained middle school students and CMS staff members to recognize local birds and their bird songs. With a long and distinguished history of composers being inspired by bird songs, children in general music learned to consider how composers have been impacted by the sounds of their environment – from the bird songs of Vivaldi’s “Spring” or Strauss’s “Tale of the Vienna Woods” to the train journey that inspired Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

 

DATE

2012-13

AREA

Middle School Music & Environmental Studies

ENGAGED

400CMS Students & Teachers

CHAMPION

Kevin Shancady, CMS Music & Drama Teacher