Minute of Listening has a number of sound collections for you to discover, each collection is unique and has been designed and curated to give you and your pupils’ a wealth of new sonic experiences.
With over 200 sounds to explore Minute of Listening gives you access to many genres and styles from all kinds of contributors.
In a typical week, pupils might hear Matthew Herbert’s An Apple a Day, followed by a field recording of an East London Market from London Sound Survey, before an extract from Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
The recordings used in Minute of Listening are different, sometimes exciting, sometimes challenging, but always aimed at arousing pupils’ curiosity and capturing their imaginations.
You can explore the collections in different ways including by curriculum area and themes.
Let’s get listening!
Minute of Listening introduces children and teachers to a wide variety of sounds from across many genres and from all kinds of sources….
Bristol Collection 1
This collection features minutes that celebrate music and sounds from the city of Bristol, created by our good friends, Bristol Plays Music….
Celebrating Musical Role Models
Welcome to our Celebrating Musical Role Models collection, which has 20 minutes that explore and celebrate the works of musicians and artists…
BBC Proms 2019
Celebrate The Proms on Minute of Listening! One of the biggest events in the musical calendar, The Proms are a prestigious season…
Merry Christmas from Minute of Listening! How do you celebrate the festive season? Is it singing carols, throwing snowballs, decorating the tree?…
From Listening to Composing
Being able to listen is a vital skill and listening to music from a range of traditions and times is an essential…
International Women’s Day 2020
Celebrate and highlight the achievements of women composers and musicians throughout March by exploring our new International Women’s Day collection. We have…
This eclectic new collection consists of 60 minutes featuring generous contributions from international record labels, artists from Sound and Music’s New Voices…
Back to School: Music for Change
“If anybody wants to keep creating, they have to be about change.” – Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer After many…
Black Musical Histories
“It’s an artist’s duty to reflect the times in which we live.” – Nina Simone, singer, musician and civil rights activist. Black…
Classical Music of South Asia
Welcome to this brand new 30-minute collection of classical music from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and beyond! Paying equal attention to more established…
Have you ever noticed the sounds trees make in different seasons? How do you think the wind sounds like in a forest in late summer? Do you think a…
About Collection 1 From Matthew Herbert’s An Apple a Day (the sound of a crowd of people crunching an apple simultaneously!), to…
About Collection 2 This collection features some of our favourite minutes for you to explore with your class. You will hear music…
About Collection 3 This collection features content provided by our special partners including the Pitt Rivers Museum, the London Sound Survey, New…
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Black Musical Histories Lesson Plans
Celebrate Black musical histories all year round with this collection of lesson plans. They are for Early Years and Foundation Stage, Key…
International Women’s Day Lesson Plans
Celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March with our lesson plans and activities for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 classes! These can be…
Hull New Music Biennial
The New Music Biennial was a weekend-long celebration of new music that took place in Hull during the City of Culture celebrations…
British Library Wildlife Sound Archive
Discover a treasure trove of music education resources created by the experts at Minute of Listening.
Find out more about Minute of Listening’s contributors, from museums and archives to record producers.
“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
“Minute of Listening is a brilliant tool that can support teachers in delivering all kinds of curriculum areas creatively and effectively. Listening well is such an important skill but all too often it is neglected. Working in partnership with the great team at Bristol Plays Music means that we have the opportunity to bring together evidence about the transformation Minute of Listening can make to children and to schools when delivered across an area.”Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive
Sound and Music
“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