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2012-2013 Six Sounds Contest


3rd Annual Six Sounds Contest

2012-2013 School Year



For this contest participants will create a one-minute audio story that includes 6 sound effects:

Six Sounds
A Striking Match
Engine Roar
Beating Heart
Cricket Chirps
Ringing Phone

You can  download all six sounds as a zipped file  or as  one single mp3 file  .


Six Sounds Contest  The Sequel 


If you or your students participated in the contest last year, or if you just want to try a different set of sound, feel free to pick one of these sound packs, nature or city.   

Nature City
Beach Bus Horn
Forest            City Construction
Rain  Fire Truck     
River Rush Hour Traffic
Rooster             Subway
Cows Office Ambience

Download here:

Nature sounds.zip

City sounds.zip

The goal of this project is to teach students and educators how to create and mix existing content media in original ways.  It's a challenge and opportunity to get creative within specific boundaries and rules.



If you can operate a word processing program and a tape recorder, you have 95% of the skills you will need to do audio editing. There's a  tutorial on this website  designed specifically for this project. It should take about 20 minutes to complete.

Along with the technical skills, this project is an accessible and creative way to teach literacy and important 21st century skills.


  • You must use all of the sounds.
  • You may use a sound more than once.
  • You cannot use any other sound effects.
  • You can manipulate the six sounds—i.e. trim them, add effects such as changing the pitch or speed.
  • Your story must be a minute or less.
  • It can be true life, drama, comedy, detective, romance, adventure, action, fantasy, horror, scifi...any genre you want.
  • Files may not contain profanity.
  • The story can have characters and a narrator, just characters, or just a narrator.
  • File must be submitted as an mp3.
  • Teachers and students can create multiple entries or collaborate on entries.
  • Do not include any personal information in the recording.
  • Files must be submitted by an adult (teacher, administrator or parent) who is an NJAET member (Membership is free, but you must log in to the Members Only section of the website to submit your entry.).
  • All Entries are due by April 1, 2013

Please direct any questions to  6soundscontest@njaet.org


Listen to previous winners for ideas and inspiration.

2012 winning entries on  SoundCloud .

2011 Winning Entries

There will be nine award categories:

Best Comedy/Romance Best Drama/Adventure Best Horror/ SciFi/Fantasy
Grade 3-5 Grade 3-5 Grade 3-5
Grade 6-8 Grade 6-8 Grade 6-8
Grade 9--up Grade 9--up Grade 9--up


Evaluation Rubric

Areas Target Unacceptable %
Voice Clear and audible voice Unclear, low or distracting narration 30%
Sounds Used Effectively All six sounds used appropriately in the story Missing sounds or used inappropriately for story 30%
Story Consistent story line and appropriate tone Story incomplete or inconsistent 25%
Technical Audio levels and track mixing done relatively seamlessly Awkward, uneven, or inexplicable changes in sound or tracks 15%


Sample of Common Core Standards that this project addresses


For 3rd Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.


For 6th Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.7 Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.


For 9th-10th Grade

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.


Project developed by Christopher Shamburg and John Shamburg


The winners for the 2012 Six Sounds Contest are:







Stacy Tarbell

Nature Walk

Denise A. Harlem

The Trip

Stacy Tarbell

The Nightmare


Debra Goldberg

The Cleaner

Debra Goldberg


Debra Goldberg

 Bad Dream


Jennifer Jacoppo

Late for work

Jennifer Jacoppo


Jennifer Jacoppo

Can’t Sleep