Use your voice in different ways to express yourself!
What you’ll need: Your voice! Various containers and materials, like a cup/a piece of clothing/a bowl/a piece of tin foil/ etc.
What’s it for?
This music and sound activity explores how you can express different moods by changing the way your voice sounds. Being able to share your emotions clearly can help you express your needs and build resilience.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
Think of a simple song or phrase, or make up a tune by singing 'doo doo doo' on any notes you like.
Trying singing or speaking into the various materials and containers. Notice how it changes the sound. What makes your voice sound echoey? What makes it muffled? Does anything make a funny sound?
Now, think about those different sounds and how they might help share a feeling. Which sound could make your voice sound angry? excited? shy? sleepy? Experiment with different volumes of sound and see what different moods you can create.
Extra Activity: Think of characters from movies or TV who have different sounding voices. How could you use your materials to create characters that show certain feelings? You might like to write a short story and act it out with your different voices.
When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions:
Which voice sound was your favourite?
Where there any sounds that were surprising?
How does your voice change when you feel different emotions?
How is the same or different to other people in your life?
This activity gives us a new way to explore how we express various emotions, through sound or music. Being able to share your feelings clearly can help our emotional wellbeing, and support us with recognising emotions in other people.
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Heather Dingle © June 2021
Creative Arts Used: Music, Drama
Psychological Areas Explored: Resilience, Emotional Literacy, Communication
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