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Teaching with Sound

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Dear The Reader,

Analyzing text through sound and visualization can be uncomfortable but is necessary develop a deeper, more creative understanding of literature.  At the beginning of our English course, I had never used Audacity or Camtasia.  My "sonic background" could only be connected with my experience in the performing arts field.  Thus, though I understood the value of music, I had a difficult time understanding how sound and visuals could be connected to literature.

However, throughout this year I have developed a confidence in myself.  A confidence that has led me to analyze literature, sound, and images differently.  The structure of our English course greatly helped me ease into this new way of learning.  The Soundlist and Audio Essay assignments introduced me to creating compositions with sound.  The E-Poetry and Sound of The Road projects then built off the ability to compose with sound and added a visual component. 

For this final submission, I have chosen to showcase my E-Poetry project, "Memories Revolutionized".  This project is the most obvious depiction of my growth, illustrating my proficiency in working with sound and visual components.  More information and personal thoughts on the E-Poetry assignment can be found on the Improvisation E-Poem and Edited E-Poem pages. 

This has been a wonderful experience, and I hope to continue working with sound and visual elements in the future!  Sounds and visuals add creativity back into the educational system.  It is a practice that needs to be introduced to more individuals as it provides a new avenue to foster discussions and conversations.  Please feel free to review and/or comment on any of the projects listed below. 



Table of Contents

I. Soundlist

II. Audio Essay

III. Improvisation E-Poem

IV. Edited E-Poem

V. The Road Video

VI. Teaching with Sound

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