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IWF BLOG – “What are 3 tips you’d like to share on how to listen effectively WHAT DO I KNOW ABOUT HOLISTIC LISTENING?   I continually challenge myself and society to consider our understanding of what listening actually entails and what it means. Consider the difference between listening and hearing. I am deaf but I am perfectly capable of listening. Listening … Read More

For Once, I Listen… My Experience of Online Consultation with Evelyn | Mayumi Nakabayashi

“Ever since I have known Evelyn offers online consultations to instrumentalists, I was wondering if she would also be interested in coaching singers like myself. I have been singing a particular genre of singing tradition; Georgian polyphony (mostly 3 parts acapella singing).  Like so many others, I have been inspired by Evelyn’s works and her special relationship with the world … Read More

Guest blog by Gillian Zambor

Music has always been a huge part of my life from a young age. I began playing violin at the age of 7 and piano aged 10. I am forever grateful to my parents for giving me the opportunity of music lessons and encouraging me through every step of my journey. At the age of 11 I attended a percussion workshop led by Evelyn at the newly opened Woodend Barn Arts Center in Aberdeenshire …

A METRE APART …………Please mind the gap!


For the past few days I have been scouring for loo roll – even one roll – to no avail. As I stand with my shopping trolley littered with items I would not ordinarily buy because there are no eggs, bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and many of the things I would normally purchase I am wondering if this is an … Read More

Let’s get moving!

children sitting

Many of us like to move to the music. It could be just tapping our feet or hands or we may feel like get our whole body involved. Encouraging children to move with music or to react physically to a soundscape reveals a lot about the child. It’s a very healthy activity to do on many levels and can be … Read More

Be Sound Creators!


I love creating sounds using my body and voice. This is what we call Body and Voice Percussion. What sounds can be explored using: • Hands! How many different clapping sounds can be made? • Feet! How many different sounds can be made using the feet by stomping, tip-toing, with shoes, without shoes? • Voice! Vowel sounds, consonants, laughter, whispers? … Read More

Encourage Children to Explore Sounds

Children smiling

Encourage the act of listening to the sound environment around us. Listening is all about observation, curiosity, exploration, and engagement. Asking children to explore the soundscape around them can help to develop their observational skills and their relationship with the space they are in. It can also allow the opportunity to observe the difference between hearing and listening. What do … Read More

Explore the World of Instruments!

Children playing with instruments sat next to each other

Exploring as wide a range of instruments as possible is exciting for all of us – young and old! Thinking about the range of frequencies and attacks is important so that children can identify that a piece of music is rather like building a house – it needs a foundation and structure with windows to experience light and darkness, we … Read More

Encourage Children to Play

a child blowing bubbles

Children are natural sound creators; they love to create sounds through everything they come in contact with including their own body! Playing instruments or found objects along to a song or soundscape is a great way of experiencing and exploring dynamics, placement of sound, sharing of sounds and textures. Everything is an exploration! Introducing a child to dynamics will enhance … Read More

Being deaf isn’t my barrier. It’s my motivator | Tim’s Story

Being deaf isn't my barrier. It's my motivator.

My name is Tim Grytz and I was born on the 13th of August 1995 in Stolberg, Germany. I lost the majority of my hearing at birth. My lungs did not fully develop and caused me extreme breathing problems. I was put in an incubator with a breathing machine and received extremely strong medication which although saved my life, caused my … Read More