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A new online resource for schools

Imagine your class spending time each day listening closely to a sound. It might be a sound you have heard every day but never noticed before, or perhaps a sound you could not hear without amplification. Close your eyes and immerse yourself in the mysterious sounds from under the sea, the musical virtuosity of a songbird; hear an elderly man telling a story from his childhood in Paignton or a song about Brixham seamen. Then share with others what you think you heard and discover more about the sounds. Over the weeks, you will have travelled in your imagination to towns, landscapes and oceans across the planet.

The School of listening

We’re adding all the sounds and resources to this section in August. Feel free to browse, but remember it’s not quite finished yet!

The School of Listening is a new free resource for schools, developed for The Tale with Torbay-based Sound Communities. This page is where to start to get access to 30, one minute sound clips and all the resources you need to use them in the classroom; as a daily icebreaker, to kick start a project or to use before or after a visit to The Tale.

All the sounds have been chosen by artists and others involved in The Tale and many of them are clips of sounds found in The Tale.

The sounds are all completely free. Most will be online by the end of August and the rest soon after The Tale opens in early September.

The School of Listening is funded by Ernest Cook Trust.

If you have any questions please contact

Image credit: Kate Rudman, Sound Communities