Invitation and Information

Dear musicians, teachers and other interested folks,

I hope you are all doing okay.  I am missing collaborating with many of you.  In part because we are being asked or deciding to stay home and social distance, I started the below project that I hope you will consider being a part of.

I would like to invite you to participate in The Sound Museum Project: A collaborative inquiry into the role of sound and deliberate listening in our daily lives and practices.  This project started in July 2020 and is a community space for musicians, music educators, and other interested folks to learn about and discuss the sound and listening pedagogies of R. Murray Schafer and Pauline Oliveros. We will attempt to listen more deliberately to our own soundscapes and explore differences in what and how we hear as well as discuss how this might change how we teach music.

Each week beginning July 13th I posted three short podcasts that introduced the ideas of Schafer and Oliveros along with some updates and criticisms of this work.  Each podcast ends with creative listening challenges and exercises.  Participants were invited to post recordings, descriptions, and remixes of sounds from their daily lives.  You are still very welcome to listen to these first three podcasts, read what was posted, and add your sounds, remixes and reflections to the forum. Each of us can continue to listen to, read, respond, and maybe also remix posts from other participants. 

The project will pause in August 2020. After this I plan to continue collaboratively. I hope that members of this community will work along with me to record new podcasts with further reflections, questions, and creative listening practices.

I am hoping that the sharing and reflections we do might have some role in pushing against the colonial institutional definitions of music that many of us have experienced both as students and as teachers, and that this project might be a public place to bring our learning to the academic, practical and policy conversations that shape institutions of music education (schools, conservatories, lessons, community programs, universities, colleges, as well as performing ensembles).

The first month of this project (July 2020) included data collection for my dissertation research however this. More info on that here.

Anyone is welcome/encouraged to take part. If you would like to be part of this project, please follow along with this website and/or fill out this google form (  Please contact me at doug.friesen[at]gmail[dot]com with any questions. 

I look forward to working with some of you on this project. 


Douglas Friesen