Timbre 1

Students learn about timbre, the quality of a sound.



  • Inform students that timbre is the quality of a sound
  • Play a soundscape that is based on the seaside such as Fingal's Cave by Mendelssohn and ask the students what sounds they can hear
  • Discuss what instruments could make these sounds.


  • Break class up into four groups
  • Each group will create their own soundscape with a different theme
  • Themes could include, the park, a schoolyard, a theme park or a rainforest
  • Give students a range of household items such as newspaper or tinfoil and a selection of available instruments
  • Allow students approximately 20 minutes in their groups to create their soundscape.


  • Students play their piece to the class
  • Ask audience what they think the group's theme is
  • Ensure all groups have a turn performing to the class.

Ashfield Public School as part of MyPL RG02217 Introduction to Music within the K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Creative Arts K–6 Syllabus (2006) © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017.

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