Experimenting and Rehearsing With Sound

Lesson 4: Experimenting and Rehearsing With Sound


Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of sound design in a radio show by experimenting and rehearsing with different objects to prepare their sound cue list and script.


Materials Needed: Whatever the students bring from home to experiment with, everyday objects around the classroom


Hook: Master, Master Who am I?

Start in a circle. Choose one participant to be Master and to be blindfolded. Tell the Master they are to listen carefully and try to identify the owner of the mysterious voice. Choose another member to say the words “Master, Master, Who am I?” in a different voice. The blindfolded Master has to guess who is speaking.



What does this have to do with our class project? Why am I making you do drama things in this class? Why is this important to you as a designer? (As we learn how to listen better, we improve as designers and learners; participating in interactive activities works with a different learning type; we need to develop empathy for performers.)


Step 1: Sound Experimentation and Rehearsal Instructions

Here is what needs to happen today:

– You have your items you have brought from home, take time today to test out all your sounds and see what works best. Don’t be afraid to use something for a purpose different than its intended use! (Please do respect the tools others have brought in, however.)

– You need to write your sound cues in your script. Here is an example of a cue script: http://www.theatrecrafts.com/images/promptbook.jpg. Make sure to write both standbys and the actual cue in your script, so you can follow along and be prepared when your sound effect happens. You may also want to write what tool you will use to make the effect, since this is a Foley show. This is standard for sound designers and techs to have a cue script. Stage managers also will have a cue script. Show me your script when you are done. You MUST follow this format.

– After you have your sound effects selected and recorded in your script, rehearse! Practice this until it is smooth. If you are reading for characters, practice your voices, inflections, and the lines. They do not have to be memorized, but it should be smooth.