About

Minute of Listening is an exciting and innovative project that  provides all primary-aged children with the opportunity to experience sixty seconds of creative listening each day of the school year. Our application can be used on your laptops or desktops and with your interactive whiteboards, bringing a wealth of sonic resources into the classroom.

 The Development Of Minute Of Listening

Sound and Music completed two pilots of Minute of Listening in 2011 and 2012, involving over seventy primary schools in Cornwall, Oxfordshire, Norfolk and London. Almost 20,000 children and their teachers engaged in a Minute of Listening each day for a term, followed by group discussions and the sharing of their responses to the sounds they heard. The pilot projects were independently evaluated; the full report from the second pilot can be downloaded here and the executive summary here.

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The Importance Of Listening

Listening, and the way we experience sound, has a huge impact on our lives. Yet in a predominantly visual culture, time is rarely dedicated to exploring our aural experiences and to developing our ability to listen in a concentrated or imaginative way. Minute of Listening provides a simple and effective way of introducing a culture of curious, engaged and reflective listening in the classroom and offers a structured, daily activity that enables teachers and their pupils to explore a wide variety of sonic experiences. The application also presents an opportunity for children to let their imaginations run wild; the idea that there is no right or wrong response is welcomed when talking subjectively about their individual impressions of what they heard.

Using Minute Of Listening

The Minute of Listening application is simple to use and delivers one minute of music or sound to school classrooms each day. In support of its listening focus, teachers and their pupils are encouraged to follow each Minute of Listening with a short conversation as a class, beginning with the simple question: When you listened, what did you hear? The application then provides two further questions and, of course, some information on what the day’s music or sound is. Find more ideas here 

The Sounds Of Minute Of Listening

Minute of Listening introduces children and teachers to a wide variety of recordings across many genres and from all kinds of sources. Find out about our sounds here

A Big Thank You

Minute of Listening was developed with the help of some fantastic partners, record labels and musicians.