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?…
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…
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…
Listen by theme
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…
“Great resource - children really enjoyed it! ”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
“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
“I can see how Minute of Listening can be used in other ways; it can be used in lesson support because the sounds are so varied, so if you were doing a geography topic or a particular book in literacy, you might be able to have a sound that links with that. It's a way of firing their imaginations”Alex Richardson, Science Co-ordinator
Bude Park Primary School, Hull