In the first session we saw how we used our sense of touch better when we could not see something. Now we wanted to see what would happen if we restricted our sight and touch to focus on hearing.
We all tried this by covering our eyes and putting our heads down to concentrate on the sounds that could be heard wherever we were.
In Belfast I heard: cars outside, the clock ticking, the hiss of electrical things, heater…
In Crossmaglen the children heard:
The projector fan
whistling noises… the wind?
other people breathing
After the sharing these sounds, we talked about how we don’t hear them when we are in the class usually because other noise drowns them out.
The children reported that they heard their hearts beating, blood flowing, air trying to get out of ears, breathing sounds, bones tingling, buzzing noises. It was amazing to sit quietly and calmly and listen to our bodies!
Next we talked about if we could FEEL sound and tried by experimenting with paper and our voices. We felt the vibrations in our throat when we hummed and held paper to our mouths to see what happened…
I suggested we might try to draw the feel of the sounds we heard in our bodies and in the classroom.
I found a piece of music and sent the teacher and children a link:
This is the MUSIC I chose – it was a classical piece and we did not tell the children the name of it or anything about it.
here are their drawings made while listening the the music.