Start to Listen
Together with our colleagues from Matrix we developed Start to Listen popup : yes, an online toolbox to grow in listening. At the beginning of 2018, more than 100 users had already been registered.
In school 'listening' is seen as an important musical and social skill. But listening is more than just obeying .
By listening carefully, we discover new things, we focus our gaze, we refine our frame of mind. Yet listening often does not seem so easy. Start to Listen approaches listening as a free, unconditional, personal and intercultural way to perceive audibly . Because listening is a natural way of observing.
A toolbox full of sounds and inspiration
With Start to Listen we want to offer inspiration and tools to actively pay attention to the listening skills on a daily basis. The website www.starttolisten.org offers different audio fragments.
Start to Listen consists of 3 levels that last about 3 weeks each, in which teachers and their pupils start each day with a different fragment.
Reflect on listening
Sound art, new and experimental music and field recording are central: all sounds that the traditional media barely offer. They challenge you to listen in a different way. The accompanying listening questions encourage different forms of reflection: verbal, visual, performative and philosophical. They stimulate you to explore your own listening attitudes and those of others.
We developed Start to Listen tailored to primary education, but the material is freely available to everyone. The experience is central, not the knowledge about the artwork or its maker.
Listening becomes a walk in the dark, with different encounters, where images and associations will seduce you.