Research and music therapy

SOUNDING OUT – MUSIC AND DEAFNESS

TOOLKIT FOR MUSIC PRACTITIONERS WORKING WITH DEAF STUDENTS

Dr. Kathryn Mason
Tiziana Pozzo

This Toolkit is a free resource for music practitioners and teachers working with deaf children. It has been designed following a 3 year Creative Futures project called ‘Sounding Out’, funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music, which involved working with deaf children in both primary and secondary schools.

Through this Toolkit we hope to inspire music practitioners and teachers to be bold in their music delivery with deaf children, and to ensure that deaf children have as much access to music and music-making as other children and young people.

​”Our data suggests that the Sounding Out programme has been a success musically, with clear evidence of virtually all pupils achieving more advanced musical behaviours as their academic year progressed. This is very commendable and provides a solid evidential foundation from which to argue that all deaf pupils should have access to appropriate music education provision, whether in Primary or Secondary schools to support learning in and through music.”

(Professor Graham Welch & Dr Jo Saunders, UCL Institute of Education, 2018)

SUPPORT AND TRAINING
If you would be interested in receiving any training or professional development linked to this Toolkit, in order to support you or your staff in the delivery of music-making for deaf children, please contact Creative Futures.

MUSIC AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

Music and Cognition Research Group is presently preparing to extend the 2017 pilot study with pre-schoolers. In this next stage the members of the group will trial a carefully prepared model of musical curricula that systematically promotes and challenges executive functions in 3-to-4 year old children. This project is in collaboration with the arts charity Creative Futures.

You can read about our 2017 pilot study here.

BODY MUSIC TO IMPROVE NEUROMOTOR SKILLS IN CASE OF HEMIPARESIS – A CASE STUDY

Georgia Casanova and I are running a study case about the impact of body music on vocal and motor coordination in case of neuro-motor dysfunction.

Georgia was born with hemiparesis that caused her severe dysfunction on her right side of the body. On top of that, she unfortunately had a terrible motorbike accident when she was 20 that left her with additional motor issues.

We met many years ago during a body music workshop that I ran in Genova and after 3 hours she told she was feeling incredibly positive effects on her right side of the body, the one affected by the hemiparesis.

For years, she came to all my body music events, to improve her motor skills.

Eventually, we have decided to meet on Skype every week to do body music together. Soon she will have the second coordination and fine-motor skills tests to observe the impact of the body music after a few months of work.