Explore and listen
What are they?
The Listening Journeys are short musical guided meditations focussing on listening and attention.
Children are encouraged to actively listen to the music, to your body and to your emotions, and draw them all together with visualisations and movement.
Learning to listen intently and with focus is important for well-being and concentration. Each journey is designed to be calming, empowering, and help build a heightened awareness of self, and belonging.
By guiding the children through visualisations, it can help the self-regulation of emotions, appreciation of the natural world, and awareness of their bodies and senses.
Learning to relax and to let go is not always easy – included in these Listening Journeys are moments of muscle contraction followed by a release to help the children understand how to relax and to be in control of their own bodies.
Create a quiet space, with no distractions, and encourage no talking/other sounds until the journey is over. The focus is on listening. The atmosphere, listening and attention will be improved if there is no external sound or activity to distract.
Explore an Instrument
These videos are designed to introduce you to different instruments, what they look like, how they work and how they sound. Which is your favourite?
If you’re interested in learning an instrument, why not contact your local Music Hub?
You also may wish to find out more about the RCM’s Online Teaching Service.
Explore Music for Well-Being
Discover Treasures from the RCM Museum
We are excited to hold our Explorers courses digitally this year. Below are some resources from the courses which we’ve made available for everyone to enjoy at home. These arts, crafts and music activities explore objects and themes from the RCM Museum.
Accompanying audio resources
Explore Elizabethan Music
Music and theatre blossomed under Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. This pack explores Elizabethan instruments in the RCM Museum’s collection and how William Shakespeare used music in his plays and poems.