Web of Life


Sound is always around and within us. Mindfully listening to our environment and our inner world can bring greater understanding, connection, acceptance, and appreciation for our sonic worlds. This can also connect us with others in our ecosystem and help us fit in—both to the social web of life, and the actual web of life. Here, the life skills of listening and improvisation will allow us to travel inward, express ourselves to the world, and bridge the gap between our inner and external soundscapes.


Example sequence

National Core Arts Standards

MU:Cr1.1.5a: Improvise rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic ideas, and explain the connection to specific purpose and context (such as social, cultural, and historical).

MU:Cr1.1.5b Generate musical ideas (such as rhythms, melodies, and accompaniment patterns) within specifically related tonalities, meters, and simple chord changes.

MU:Cr2.1.5a: Demonstrate selected and developed musical ideas for improvisations, arrangements, or compositions to express intent, and explain the connection to purpose and context.

MU:Cn10.0.5a: Demonstrate how interests, knowledge, and skills relate to personal choices and intent when creating, performing, and responding.

MU:Cn11.0.5a: Demonstrate understanding of relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life.

CASEL Core Competencies

Self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness