Sonic Art for Public Ears – Enabling children as designers

Impact: Cultural Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact

Who is affected

Local children and local and national researchers (PhD) researchers


An impact case study of the "Big Ears" researcher training program (AHRC and HEA funded).
This work specifically impacted on children between the ages of 8 and 14. Since 2011 over 90 children living in Northern Ireland. They have benefitted from day-long workshops, taking place at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast (SARC). The program has been running annually since 2011. The children have benefitted in exploring digital sound technologies, learning to understand ways in which these shape and influence ways of listening to music and our environment. The children acted as content designers in the area of digital sound technologies. The impact is centred on empowering children to design content using technologies, such as iOS and sound diffusion.
Impact statusOngoing
Impact date20112015
Category of impactCultural Impact, Quality of Life Impact, Societial Impact