SoundHoppers is a sound exploration and deep-listening workshop for children aged between 5-11 years old.

The sessions aim to encourage attentive deep listening by way of a series of gamiefied listening exercises that explore various aspects of sound – whether that’s proximity (i.e. how far or close a sound is) or timbre (i.e. the tonality and type of sound), or volume (ie how loud or quiet a sound is). Children are also given access to specially constructed Soundboxes, transducers and other sound generating devices and materials to explore how sound travels through a variety of different materials and objects.

Music is rightly considered a language in of itself. It involves rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and complex modes of performance, but we feel steering away from this language allows children to be much more uninhibited in their explorations of and with sound, and allows for a freer and more playful engagement with it as a medium.

Our intention at SoundHoppers then, is to instil within the children a sense of careful listening and sonic curiosity, without the formalities of traditional musical discourse.