Spreading the instruments in oak frames along a school path, or woodland trail is another option. Different sounds can drift from yards away, and intermingle. Sound trails usually begin with an oak double archway with 6 touch chimes on each side – played from inside or outside the archway. The trail then leads to other instruments, which in woodland you can’t necessarily see…only hear.
A Sound Trail can be great fun, but not the best arrangement for organised class-based music making…more for gentle exploration in the great outdoors. The actual design and arrangement of a Sound Trail will be specific for each situation.
Click here to watch a video of the sound trail and sound garden at Greenacre Nursery (Installed at Bootle, Liverpool, June 2008).
Sensory/sound trail at Horton Lodge Special School, 2001 - a few views.