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Further resources and activities on music and the mind

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations to produce the following activities and resources that will engage young people on the topic of music and the mind

The Bionic Ear Show

The Bionic Ear Show is an educational, fun and interactive show that promotes safe listening. Full of surprises and with lots of opportunities for audience participation, the show demonstrates the amazing structures that lie within our ears.

Great for: 5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16


Is seeing believing? Download a set of cross-curricular classroom activities, complete with complementary teachers’ notes, or take part in online activities to explore the brain and perception.

Great for: 7–11, 11–14

Philosophy for Children

This PDF resource describes a sequence of ideas to engage students in discussions about the social and ethical aspects of scientific advances. Adapt the scheme to suit different age groups.

Great for: 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, projects

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Trust image library for images related to music and the mind great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more!

Further high-quality resources

You can find a wealth of additional resources in the National STEM Centre e-library. Search by keyword and filter the results by age group, subject, type of resource, etc. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The Science Learning Centres provide a range of excellent continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help develop your career as a teacher, leader or member of support staff. Generous bursaries from Project ENTHUSE cover most of the costs of many courses delivered at the National Science Learning Centre in York, making this CPD easily affordable for those in mainstream education in the UK.

If you’d like support from colleagues, need advice on the latest developments in your field, or just want to share your ideas, browse the National STEM Centre and join the online communities.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Music, Mind and Medicine’ in July 2014.

Neuroscience, Physiology
Music, Mind and Medicine
Education levels:
5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Independent research projects, Continuing professional development