“The School of Noise is one of those ideas that you just KNOW is right: bringing back a sense of wonder & accessibility to music-making. Music is organised noise & organising noise is fun! – Jarvis Cocker

“School of Noise is a brilliant idea: introducing children to a world of sound and the machinery to make it.” – Q Mag

“Your workshop provided an exciting and fascinating start to our sound topic” – St Olaves Primary School

“School of Noise – where future Aphex Twins can make their own experimental electronic beats.” – The Guardian

The School of Noise runs workshops for children, young people and adults encouraging the exploration of music and the science of sound. Our aim is to provide creative and imaginative activities using sound in accessible, fun and educational ways.


Using a wide variety of analogue and digital machines our activities include; learning about the science of sound, playing on rare instruments such as a waterphone and theremin, composing experimental sound art, Foley sound design, field recording, conducting orchestras of fruit and vegetables, soundwalks, learning about acoustic ecology plus more.

There is no need to have experience playing music or using any of our equipment to take part in the workshops, and they are open to people of all abilities.

To date we have delivered workshops in a wide variety of locations including primary schools, WOMAD, End Of The Road, Green Man and Latitude festivals, British Library, BAFTA, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, Museum of Childhood, Museum of London, Cheltenham Science Festival, National Media Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Great Ormond Street Hospital School and travelled to the Netherlands, China, Czech Republic, United Arab Emirates and Oman.