Universal Orlando Youth Programs

Sound Design: Music and the Art of Foley
Endorsed by NAfME

Designed by Robert W. Smith to reinforce National Core Arts Standards, orchestra, band, and choir students experience life as working movie musicians performing original underscores, creating Foley effects, and selecting digital sound effects for animated movie scenes. Choose from hits like:

  • Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets
  • DreamWorks Trolls
  • Illumination’s Despicable Me
  • The Lorax

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Standards Alignment

This workshop connects to three Artistic Processes of the National Core Arts Standards: Create, Perform, and Respond. Within each of the Artistic Processes, workshops reinforce specific performance standards in:

  • Describe and demonstrate how sounds and musical ideas can be used to represent sonic events, memories, visual images, concepts, texts, or story lines.
  • Select, develop, and organize multiple melodic, rhythmic and harmonic ideas to develop into a larger work that exhibits unity, variety, complexity, and coherence using digital and analog tools, resources, and systems.
  • Preserve draft musical works through standard notation, audio, or video recording.

Selection Criteria

Participating groups should have a minimum of 40 attendees. Each group should submit a completed application at least six weeks prior to the proposed workshop date. The entire workshop experience will last approximately 60-90 minutes. Along with the completed applications, groups should provide the following: a link to a video of your group’s most recent performance up to three minutes in length per group.

Groups will be provided the sheet music prior to their workshop. Groups wishing to sight-read may do so at their director’s discretion. Park-to-Park admission tickets are required.

Group Requirements

  • Minimum of (40) youth participants required for workshop (additional workshop fee applies) as well as a minimum ticket purchase of at least (40) Park tickets inclusive of chaperones.
  • For groups outside the state of Florida, a 2-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.
  • For groups within Florida, a minimum of a 1-Day Park-to-Park ticket is required.


Uniforms are not required for Sound Design: Music and The Art of Foley and will be up to the discretion of the group’s director and based on the provided and signed Performance Guidelines.

Technical Assistance

Music and The Art of Foley workshop. Timpani (set of 4), Concert Bass Drum, Marimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Chimes, Orchestra Bells and Congas are provided upon request as listed on the STARS Application. ALL SCHEDULED WORKSHOPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Cancellation Policy:
All confirmed programs must be cancelled at least 30 days in advance by sending an email to STARS@universalorlando.com. Failure to do so could impact your ability to book future programs.

NAfME Academy

The NAfME’s mission is to advance music education by promoting the understanding and making of music by all. Universal Orlando Youth Programs is committed to supporting this mission through the development of educational and entertaining experiences for students and educators. Visit NAfME Academy to learn from one of today’s most respected music educators, Robert W. Smith, in his webinar titled, “Administrating the School Music Program from a Business Perspective.”

There is an additional fee to participate in the music workshops. All scheduled workshops are subject to change.