We train people to integrate music as an empowering and enabling tool in their work with children in (post) conflict areas

  • believes that music changes the world, because it changes people
  • supports teachers to be more creative in their classes
  • gives artists educational tools to work with children and groups
  • empowers youth in refugee camps to be creatively active in their communities and to become workshop leaders and thereby making a long-term impact on their lives
  • uses music as a tool to create social inclusion, improve empathic connection, support creativity and collaboration amongst (refugee) children. Having fun together brings relief, and is therefore a key asset in our work.
  • has a team of professional trainers who are experienced, trained and certified to pass on their knowledge in workshops and short trainings, but primarily in our 4-LEVEL PROGRAMME. This is a one year, four level, ‘train the teacher’ method. It is the best way for teachers to learn how to work with children in a creative way and to develop their own learning materials.

Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, 5.5 million Syrian people have fled their homes. 90% have been displaced to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

Lebanon houses 1.5 million Syrian refugees, in addition to a total population of 4 million Lebanese people. In Lebanon alone, tension is rising among the Lebanese people, the former Palestinian refugees and the newly arrived Syrian refugees. The Lebanese government has forbidden NGOs to provide education for the refugee children. While it has opened public schools for Syrian children, the capacity is too small meaning only 25% of the Syrian children can go to school. The education which is provided is limited, and offers little creativity. Schools work in shifts which prevent children of different origins to meet and connect. At Sounds of Change, we think these are important issues to address; availability of places in schools, lack of creativity, refugee children from different countries are not able to meet/connect.

After visiting and working in Lebanon, Jordan, Greece, Turkey and Palestine, Sounds of Change developed two creative solutions. Based on our experiences, having worked and visited in these places, we have developed an approach whereby groups of refugee children from different countries participate in our music workshops. By bringing children together this way, we can really build meaningful bridges between Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese people, children and adults alike. The smiles on peoples’ faces during and after our workshops tell us this approach is helping to build those bridges.

Secondly, we want to make a long-term impact on children’s lives. We do this by training youngsters and adults to become music teachers and workshop leaders and thereby give them a chance to become more meaningful within their own communities.

Currently there are very little opportunities for them. By offering them teacher trainings, we provide them with practical skills and therefore a higher chance in finding a job as such as a teacher with an NGO or school in the neighborhood.

  • Making education more fun, exciting and creative, for both the children as well as their teachers

We support teachers to be more creative in their classes and we give artist educational tools to start working with music and children (in groups)

We also empower youth to be more creatively active in their communities

Through music we give educators tools and the mindset to start working with chaos in a positive way, use improvisation and support collaboration, empathy and creativity with children.

  • Creativity is as important as literacy

"Both creativity and critical thinking have been listed as essential 21st century skillls. The world is tremendously changing and the only way to solve the big challenges that lie ahead is by using our creative minds" (Sir Ken Robinson)

 Especially for people living in challenged areas, using and developing their creative mind is a a necessity. It brings hope, opportunities, connection and empowerment. We use music to build these capacities.

  • All change and development starts with education

We believe that children have the right to be empowered and develop their full potential. Music is a proven springboard and a very powerful tool to heal the emotional wounds of war, boost creativity and stimulate compassionate communication. These essential life skills and competencies will enable children to engage and connect with their communities and build trust and confidence to work in groups and collaborate on plans and projects. By providing a safe space where children can learn and freely express themselves, they can explore possibilities and embark on opportunities for a positive and prosperous future.

  • Sustainability

To make sure that our projects are sustainable and impactful, we train educators. Through a "training of teachers" model and workshops, we build and improve the skills of educators and learn from promising practices to scale both the reach and impact of music on children.

Sounds of Change facilitates trainings, workshop and community music performances on site, for people who work with children or are keen to start working with children, in the area of creative music making.

Through a "training of teachers" model and workshops, we build and improve the skills of educators and replicate promising practises to scale both the reach and impact of music on children.

  • We work with Non Violent Communication, Rock & Water, Body Percussion, Musical Improvisation, Kobranie, Songwriting, Drum Circles, Dance, Singing, Orchestra Conducting, Community Music, Garbage Instruments and Improvisation Theatre.
  • In our trainings we integrate the knowledge, experience and questions of the workshop group, to help customize towards the needs of the participants and the children they work with.
  • In combination with our exercises, theory and stories, we facilitate a process in which people will learn from each other and learn by doing: action based learning.
  • Every training period finishes with a practice session, in which all the participants will facilitate a workshop with a group of children (Action Based Learning).
  • Our trainings can be from one day to one year (or longer) depending on the needs of the group.
  • We conduct trainings worldwide.
  • The Competences we work on:


Subject Competences                                           

Creativity development                                                         

Musical competences                                                          

Transcultural competences                       

Creative Project Design


Transfer competences     

Didactic skills  

Educational skills 

Conflict Resolution skills 


Personal competences

Interpersonal competences

Intrapersonal competences

Communication skills