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.
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And introduce a culture of curious, engaged and reflective listening.
Explore over 200 minutes
And access many genres and styles from all kinds of contributors.
Listen actively with your class
And let their imaginations flourish whilst they learn creatively.
Reflect, discuss and get creative
And support teachers with innovative resources, ideas and activities.
Minute of Listening introduces children and teachers to a wide variety of sounds from across many genres and from all kinds of sources….
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…
Listen by curriculum area
- Ashton Gate Stadium
- Bloodhound SSC workshop
- Bristol Bear Pit
- Bristol Cathedral
- Bristol Central Library
- Bristol Cycle Path
- Bristol Harbour
- Bristol Harbourside
- Bristol Memorial Stadium
- Bristol Millennium Square
- Bristol Temple Meads Station
- Bristol University Botanical Gardens
- Bristol Zoo
- Broadmead Shopping Centre
- Cabot Circus
- Clifton Suspension Bridge
- River Frome
- Rolt's Boat Yard
- St Mary Redcliffe Church
- Wills Memorial Building
Give us your feedback“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
Give us your feedback“Onze school is heel multicultureel. De luisterervaringen hebben ons geholpen om de wereld in zijn geheel te vieren.”
Give us your feedback“I use Minute of Listening as a starter to my music lessons because listening and appraising is a huge part of the national curriculum for music. It fits perfectly and enables the children to actively listen, to talk about what they're hearing, to use the vocabulary associated with the music. They really enjoy it and it exposes them to a whole range of music that we wouldn't otherwise expose them to. ”Natalie Morris, Year 3 teacher
Bricknell Primary School, Hull
Give us your feedback“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