Minute of Listening is a fun digital tool that introduces children to a wealth of new sonic experiences and offers teachers creative ways to deliver a number of areas of the school curriculum.
For children :
- Suitable for all primary-aged children
- Introduces active listening into the classroom
- Supports development of cognitive skills in a fun and inclusive way
For teachers :
- Suitable for generalist primary and specialist music teachers
- An easily adaptable daily exercise with the potential for engaging in cross-curriculum activities
- Intuitive and simple to use
- Over 250 musical contributions, including field recordings, historical classics, music by living composers and folk music
How it works
Log in to Minute of Listening
To introduce a culture of curious, engaged and reflective listening
Explore over 200 minutes
Searchable by collection, curriculum area and mood
To support music lessons, topic work, or to help focus your class
Reflect, discuss and get creative
With supporting resources and ideas for extension activities
Minute of Listening has been devised to support the teaching of the National Curriculum across a number of subject areas. It has been developed to assist and inspire teachers at all levels, both generalist primary and specialist music teachers, to find new ways to engage their class in reflective listening and creative thinking. These are vital skills in many areas of the curriculum and Minute of Listening can offer a way to engage a wider range of pupils.
Minute of Listening is simple to use and easy to deliver, and can be used in a number of creative ways and alongside a range of free resources.
Since it was piloted in 2011, over 30,000 children have experienced Minute of Listening.
A licence includes individual access for up to 5 teachers in your school to use Minute of Listening, including access to 3 collections of 60 minutes. You can follow the curated order of the collections, or find your own ways to explore the different minutes! Each Minute offers links to resources as well as to other minutes you could explore.
A BIG thank you
Minute of Listening has been developed and supported with the help of some fantastic partners, funders, friends and of course…..children.
So thank you and thanks for listening!
About Sound and Music
Minute of Listening has been developed over the past six years by Sound and Music, the national charity for new music.
Our mission is to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music, and we believe that music, sound and creative listening can have an invaluable impact on all of our lives.
Sound and Music has a wealth of expertise, and works with industry specialists, national organisations, musicologists, educators, composers and musicians to enrich and enhance all of its educational projects.
Sound and Music also runs a number of other projects. These are focused on supporting the teaching and learning of composing by children and young people and their educators. Follow the links below to find out more about:
“Great resource - children really enjoyed it! ”Primary Teacher
“Minute of Listening has broadened the children's experience of sound and music. It has developed their interest and inspired dance and music-making activities. It has introduced many unfamiliar sounds and instruments. It has given them the opportunity to talk about the unfamiliar, share their views and ideas. ”Primary Teacher, Primary Teacher
“It's very rare during the school day to have a minute where we stop; for pupils to have a minute of quiet time to themselves is quite unusual. We've been using Minute of Listening every day after lunchtime. We've found this to be a really beneficial time for the children. ”Alex Richardson, Science Co-ordinator
Bude Park Primary School, Hull
“Making Minute of Listening available to every school in Bristol will give teachers a high quality resource that promotes listening and creativity. In addition it will cultivate a shared learning experience between all primary school pupils regardless of where they live in the city.”Phil Castang, Head of Bristol Plays Music
Bristol Plays Music, Bristol