How we work

Sustainable approach 

We try to evoke changes from within. A crucial factor is building up sustainable relationships with partner organisations on the ground.
Our partner organisations think in the long-term too and, by cooperating with them, based on the same values, our team can provide a long-term contribution. With music, we add something useful to existing programs.

We train adults from other organisations so they can strengthen the communities on the spot. It’s people from the community who are best equipped to do the work; they speak the language and know the culture. One experience of this is Hashem, who gives trainings in Lebanon himself. Hashem Kabreet is a Syrian artist who started as a Sounds of Change trainee in Lebanon and is now a fully grown trainer. It is the deliberate intention of Sounds of Change to make itself redundant. 


How we work 

The techniques used by Sounds of Change aim at

  • developing emotional awareness of yourself and others
  • safety and fun as important conditions for improvising and composing together
  • delaying judgement
  • active listening
  • non-verbal and compassionate communication as important conditions for working together


Creative music processes

These aims are achieved using creative music processes appealing to the imagination of each individual and the group. Composing music in a safe space, in which people can share their experiences, power and hope, will bring a deeper layer to the musical result. The music reflects the people individually and the unity of the group. This leads to a significant musical result.

Our trainers consciously head for safety, flexibility, reacting to the moment and focusing on solutions. They live the approach and that makes them a role model for the participants. This is a core value. Another important core value is relating the training to the context. In designing the programme, our trainers are conscious of the surroundings and the needs of the team and the organisation. They react flexibly to what happens in the moment and what is necessary.

The power of this approach can be found in the need for bonding. And that is universal. Wherever you are, everyone wants to belong and be seen, everyone wants to express themselves and be heard. That is essential to mental health. Especially in conflict areas, where this is not a matter of course. 

Using musical processes, in which people encounter each other and cooperate, you can create a nest for creative and innovative ideas that can catalyse change. In doing so, you acquire a better understanding of who you are, who the other is and how you relate to the world around you.