Soundpainting is a simultaneous sign language for musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists created by Walter Thompson. This improvised sign language, when first heard, cannot give enough information about what kind of practice it is, making it necessary to explain more. Understanding soundpainting better requires application. For this reason, it is very important to choose the correct sentences to express Soundpainting to people first. Although sometimes, we have the opportunity to express at great length, sometimes we have to express it quickly and effectively. In such cases, these brief explanations are made through metaphors. Metaphors are to express a concept or phenomenon in a way that a person perceives, using similes. The aim of this research is to investigate music teachers’ perception of Soundpainting through metaphor analysis. The research group consists of 40 music teachers who participated in the "1 Teacher 1000 Rhythms" project carried out by the Ministry of National Education on October 1-6, 2019 for music teachers in Rize. Music educators who participated in this study are asked to complete the statements “Soundpainting resembles…………….. Because …………………”. In the analysis of data, content analysis technique is used. Study group of the research constitutes of 40 music teachers. In the analysis of the data collected, 31 metaphors and by grouping these metaphors according to their common characteristics, 6 categories emerged. As a result of the research, it has been detected that music educators have different views about Soundpainting as “part of real life”, “entertainment tool”, “holistic music genre/ensemble”, “expression tool”, “diversity” and “mystical element”.
Key words: Soundpainting, Metaphor, Content analyse, Improvisation, Music education