Sonopera®CIC devises and facilitates bespoke music and sound projects for a variety of clients in music education. Here are some ongoing and recent examples.
Ashburton Science Project: Light
Elfyn Jones spent two half days with year 3 on their curricular science project in July 2022, investigating the properties of light and shadows. This video is the result! The soundtrack is an original song with lyrics co-written with the children and music by Elfyn Jones. Many thanks to the teachers and staff at Ashburton Primary School, and to Jacobs for funding the workshops.
The Grove Residency
Elfyn Jones was in residence at The Grove Primary School, Totnes, working with children across Key Stage 2, in Autumn/Spring 2021/22. During Autumn Term 2021, Years 5 and 6 were learning about Space. This is some of their artwork, accompanied by a soundtrack of some of the music they created with Elfyn during the residency, which was shared at The Grove with the whole of KS2 as an immersive performance with quadraphonic sound, simulating the orbits of the planets themselves!
Creativity Through Music
This project, in which Ruth Atkinson, Kip Pratt and Elfyn Jones worked with seven schools from United Schools Federation in Devon and Torbay, used music to celebrate and develop creativity in primary schools. It was funded by University of Plymouth and Devon and Torbay Education Hubs. Creativity through Music was featured in Real Ideas Organisation's webinar Making Music Matters in March 2022, and at South West Peninsula Music Education Conference in May, as an example of good practice in music education.
Sonorities is a Music Composition project designed to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4. This project ran in four Devon secondary schools in 2019-20 and in two Devon secondary schools in 2020-21 as an online project using Billie Eilish's title song for the forthcoming Bond film as inspiration. This year (2021-2022) the project has resumed face-to-face, working with Queen Elizabeth School in Crediton, Tiverton High School and Uffculme School. It culminated in a shared performance on the 27th April at Tiverton High School.
It is now beginning its fourth iteration in Torbay secondary schools, running through the Autumn term and into Spring 2023.
Torbay Music and Poetry Project
This is a Spring 2022 project in five Torbay primary schools: Barton Hill, St Marychurch, Eden Park, Shiphay and Roselands. This podcast showcases the 13 songs that Kip and Elfyn composed with the children in this project.
Ancient Egypt Garage Band project 2021
This one-day composition project with Year 5 at Woodlands Park Primary School led by Elfyn Jones explored the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt, and led to the creation of this film featuring music composed by the children on Garage Band.
Dartmoor Soundscapes 2020
This project for Dartmoor MAT, led by Elfyn Jones and Duncan Chave and funded by Devon Education Fund, aimed to capture and celebrate the uniqueness of Dartmoor, and raise the awareness of this precious resource for young people, including the ways that it is changing and under threat.
Dart/Change, funded by DMEH in association with Dartington Arts, told the spellbinding story of the River Dart from its sources on Dartmoor to the open sea through live music, sound design and voiceover narrative and poetry, as told by primary school children from St John's Primary School, Totnes. Students from King Edward VI Community College explored the theme of change in their songs and compositions.