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Science & Nature

Summer Camp: The Soundscape of Nature

Join me, a musician and National Park Service artist-in-residence, as we listen to the sonic landscape of our planet.
Andy Jarema
257 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 2 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
4x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will be able to identify the bird calls of 4 common backyard birds (sparrow, robin, blue jay, chickadee).  Students will be able to understand vocal learning in the animal kingdom and how animals produce musical sounds.  Students will identify sounds present in the ocean and be able to discuss underwater sound recording techniques.  Students will learn to define basic scientific vocabulary related to climate change (weather, climate, greenhouse gases, fossil fuels) and identify sounds associated with climate change.  
I am approaching this subject from my perspective as an artist/musician who works with natural sound.  I have had the opportunity to be an Artist-in-Residence with the National Park Service on two occasions (Great Smoky Mountains in 2018 and Hawai’i Volcanoes in 2019) and led several visitor engagement workshops to educate visitors about the natural sound world of the national parks.  I also completed my master’s thesis in 2020 (M.M. Music Composition/Technology), which entailed months of research finding climate/weather data and sonifying it (turning data into sound) using musical instruments and electronic sounds.  My specific focus was researching the NOAA’s database of the last 40 years of weather disasters in the United States to signify trends in changing climate.
No supplies or resources needed, except for your ears!
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The class is built around small activities where students are formatively assessed on their listening skills and scientific vocabulary.  No outside homework will be required.
4 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
None required.  Climate change will be a major thread through all of our topics, so I do recommend engaging in a post-class discussion with your child since climate change is a complex, emotional issue.  Please note that I have taken great care to make the material I am teaching regarding climate change to be age-appropriate, and students will hear about initiatives/action items to make them feel empowered about the issue.
I consulted several websites for the scientific information used in this class (National Geographic, NASA, NOAA).  For the sound portion of the class, I gathered together several sources including research by the soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause and the biologist and ichthyologist Marie FIsh.  For my research into bird song, I have consulted historical sources (“Field Book of Wild Birds and their Music” by F. Schuyler Mathews), modern books (“The Wonder of Birds” by Jim Robinson), NPR interviews (wildlife contributors Gerrit Vyn and Scott Weidensaul), scientific studies (“Overtone-based pitch selection in hermit thrush song”), and podcasts (“Bird song” by 20,000 Hertz).


Andy Jarema
Lives in the United States
257 total reviews
248 completed classes

About Me

Note:  I am currently stepping away from teaching large Outschool classes, but I am open to teach private music lessons.  I am especially adept working with students interested in video game music and digital audio music.  Feel free to send me a... 
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