Seashell Trust’s ‘Common Pulse’ Gamelan Project aimed to reawaken a bespoke, but relatively dormant, Javanese gamelan housed in its Royal School Manchester. A variety of different workshops explored how gamelan could be used to develop the musical competencies, social skills and wellbeing of children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, sensory impairment and broader complex needs.
This Summary Evaluation report charts the project’s progress in using National Foundation of Youth Music funding to deliver 103 different gamelan workshops to 540 participants between May 2014 and April 2016 and contains summaries of:
*Outcomes in five key areas, ranging from embedding learning and effective practice around quality musical delivery, to raising awareness of the wider benefits of musical participation in the local community
*Two student case studies, which explore in detail the impact gamelan can have for PMLD students
A valuable knowledge exchange was set up with leading academics: Sounds of Intent Professor Adam Ockelford amongst others, acted as critical friends to the project and gave advice regarding delivery, practice and progress monitoring.
Robust evaluation of the project was conducted by Senior Research Assistant, Dr Rachel Swindells from the Research Institute for Health and Social Change at Manchester Metropolitan University.