ebb flow: Creating music through nature

Quick Introduction

What does the environment mean to you? Have you ever stopped for a moment and listened to your environment? Can you create music through nature? Claire Victoria Roberts and Sally MacLachlan’s ebb flow was specially created for MusicFest Aberystwyth 2021 and will help us answer those questions.

This work combines music and art in a really special way: by listening to and researching the sounds of the waves in Cardigan Bay, ebb flow uses musical textures and images that respond to the local environment.

This specially designed FOUR session curriculum asks students to think about their relationship with their local environment, explore and analyse ebb flow,  go on their own sound walk, and create their own soundscape inspired by the sounds around them.


What’s included?

  • Introductory video with Nathan James Dearden, Claire Victoria Roberts and Sally MacLachlan
  • Specially designed digital performance of ebb flow
  • Lesson plans (catering for both Primary and Secondary levels)
  • Optional PowerPoint presentations for use in the classroom
  • Additional resources for session leader/teacher and young people

What level?

We have created learning resources for the following education levels and age groups:

  • Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11), Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) – England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Second Level (P5-P7, ages 7-11), Third and Fourth Level (S1-S3, ages 11-14) – Scotland

Your free resources

Introductory Video

Your Digital Performance

Lesson Plan (Primary)

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Lesson Plan (Secondary)

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PowerPoint Presentation (Primary)

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PowerPoint Presentation (Secondary)

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Need support?

If you are a school or music group who need support with your ‘Y Mewnol’ activities, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at musicfest@aber.ac.uk

We may be able to offer you digital, live sessions to assist you and your young people through the activities outlined on our lesson plans, or provide you with additional support to make the most of Y Mewnol.