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Case Study D: Kinetic Art - Sound Art

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A kinetic art and music project from year 8 at Cashmere Primary School

Focus - Cross discipline Music and Visual Arts

Cashmere Primary School is a "State" co-educational primary school catering for children aged 5 to 13 years (New Entrants to Year 8). The school is situated on the outskirts of the city in the suburb of Cashmere on the Port Hills overlooking the city. There are 400 - 450 children on the roll with 18 teachers, 3 part time teachers, 5 teachers' aides, 2 office staff and a caretaker. It would be easy to be distracted by the views from the school. The panorama extends from Pegasus Bay in the north to the Southern Alps in the west and to Mt Hutt towards the south as well as overlooking the major part of urban Christchurch.

Lynda Taylor, Deputy Principal and year 8 classroom teacher, undertook to participate in the ICT and Arts professional development programme offered in 2006. Having an interest in music, Lynda was keen to focus on this arts discipline in her project, with the expert support of Celia Stewart, the music advisor (and National Facilitator for Primary Music in 2006).

Lynda's year 8 class explored the use of music technology by experimenting with a range of music software to support their soundscape compositions, inspired by programmatic ideas and visual images.

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