SOUNDING OUT – a 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)

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 and they will be happy to discuss a bespoke training package for you.


In the last couple of years, my Blog Notes of Life has become a proper space for insights about my job as music therapist and educators.

Alongside the blog, I regularly write down in my diary the ideas and feelings that I have after my music classes of music therapy sessions.
This is really important for me, especially when I need to complete my patients’ reports and assessments, reviewing the videos after a long period of sessions.

I want to share with you the layout of Notes of Life – Diary
In the diary, you will find: 
• a space to write new songs that may naturally arise from the music class; 
• a space to describe what works well and what I can improve; 
• A space for the description of the goals.

There are also other spaces for the description of different elements that I found important for me during my 15 years as a music educator, especially to improve and learn from my mistakes.


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