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….
Hull City of Culture
This collection was created during the 2017 Hull City of Culture and is brought to you by Sound and Music working with…
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…
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…
Listen by theme
Black History Month lesson plans
Celebrate Black History Month with this collection of lesson plans. There is one for each week of the month of October for…
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…
“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
“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
“The children and I really like it. It has produced good opportunities for assessment of Speaking & Listening skills, awareness of changes in sound and being able to express likes and dislikes.”Primary Teacher, Primary Teacher
“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