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Grade 9-12

Folk Music and Your Community: Everything Is Music

by Brooke T. | Music

5 Lessons 5:15
  1. 1. Everything is Music 1:17
  2. 2. Finding Sounds 1:10
  3. 3. Listening to the Sounds 0:47
  4. 4. Altering Sounds 1:00
  5. 5. Listening to our Sound Song 1:01

Grade 9-12


NGSS Standards

About the course

"When you look around, you realize anything can be music. Observe the world and sounds around you and think about what makes them musical. Then combine the sounds to make them more musical and present your short sound song!

Develop an appreciation for the story-telling aspects of folk music, music created from the community, and music all around you!"


Sound Song

Course overview


Everything is Music

Students will learn that anything can be music. We’ll look for sounds around us together, think about what makes them musical, combine them to make


Finding Sounds

Let’s find some sounds to make a short song out of only sounds we can find around us.


Listening to the Sounds

Let’s listen to the sounds we found. In my case, it’ll be sounds I found indoors and outdoors.


Altering Sounds

Combine sounds to create your own music.


Listening to our Sound Song

Listen to the sound song!

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  • community
  • composition
  • how to write a song
  • music
  • sound design

Recommended Materials

Household objects, a friend.


Brooke Trumm is a composer, percussionist, and teaching artist in New York, NY. She has her Bachelor’s in Music Composition from the University of Idaho, and her Master's in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University. Recently, she wrote songs for Rattlestick Playwright Theatre's "Village Song," and Lincoln Center's "Broadway's Future Songbook" series. Brooke has been an active percussionist for 16 years, recently performing at Bowery Electric, Arlene’s Grocery, and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Brooke has a fondness for teaching music theory, she has taught at The School for Strings in Manhattan for the last year and a half, and many years prior in Oregon and Idaho. She is excited to bring that passion for music theory and general music to learners through the Music Club.

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