Little Woodland Heights: learning music through trees, and forests through music

Little Woodland Heights is a programme of interactive music-making sessions for children aged 8-11 exploring connections between forest ecology and music. The programme was designed by composer and educator Nick Roth and has been delivered in schools in Ireland and Ukraine. CoMA is excited to partner with Nick to deliver the first iteration in the UK.

 

In a nutshell

Over the course of 10 weeks, children learn about biodiversity and the crossover with composition. Children embark on a field trip to a forest where each child chooses their own tree to write a short piece of music about. Mentors support the children to take sound recordings in the forest, to draw the tree and pay close attention to its features. These features are then connected to musical elements: the branch structure informs rhythm, the leaf patterns melody. At the end of the programme, children perform their compositions alongside planting new trees within their school grounds.

The project nurtures listening and notation skills, creativity in music and science, awareness of the environment, understanding of importance of trees in nature and culture and connection between Science & Arts. 

 

Delivery

CoMA will be delivering the project with Year 4 children in a primary school in Tower Hamlets London, September – November 2024, followed by future delivery in the UK and Ireland. 

Interested in delivering this project in your school? Please get in touch with Project Manager Francesca Le Lohé at francesca@coma.org for more details.

 

See how the project developed at Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige primary school in Ireland:

 

With the support of Diaphonique, Franco-British-Irish fund for classical contemporary music in partnership with the SACEM, the Friends of the French Institute Trust, the British Council, the Institut français, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, the Centre National de la Musique, Culture Ireland and the Salabert Fondation

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