Primary schools can access a new education resource pack based on music archaeology research from the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Rupert Till, enabling children to explore the sounds and music of pre-historical and early Roman sites.
Music Archaeology: From Stone Age to Roman Times is a FREE Key Stage 2 education pack with links to National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Music, History, Science, English, Art, Drama & DT.
The Music Archaeology education resource pack can be downloaded for free from: http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/soundgate/
The resource pack is based on the Soundgate app created as part of the European Music Archaeology Project. The Soundgate app allows users to interactively explore a number of archaeological sites: prehistoric caves in Spain; Stonehenge in England; and Paphos Roman Theatre in Cyprus, as they might have looked and sounded in the ancient past.
Pupils can explore these spaces visually through virtual walk-throughs, images and video, and aurally by hearing musical and natural sounds that may have been heard there in the past. They can hear how the acoustics of these spaces enhances how the spaces are experienced, and how the acoustics change as you move around the site.
The education pack contains a Teacher’s Guide to using the Soundgate app as well as a series of engaging Lesson Plans on topics such as Creating Cave Art and Making Cave Sounds and Music with links to National Curriculum Programmes of Study for music, history and science and other subjects.
By taking part in a range of activities in the pack, children can immerse themselves in the world of a pre-historic human, firstly by experiencing sounds in caves as an individual or family member, then moving onto the larger group experience of rituals and sound at Stonehenge and finishing with an experience of sound in performance, as audience or performers at Paphos amphitheatre in early Roman times.