Drawn from two decades experience of facilitating inclusive music, soundLINCS has developed the Good Vibrations music toolkit for adults working with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people. It is developed in partnership with Leicestershire Schools Music Service with support from Leicestershire Hearing Support Service. The Good Vibrations project was part of soundLINCS FundC a National Foundation for Youth Music Funded programme. The toolkit inverts the exclusive question of ‘Why do music with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people’ to an inclusive ‘Why wouldn’t you?’
The toolkit promotes active participation in music making as a way to enable musical engagement and progression. The contents include:-
- Advocacy and information - relevant resources to help build knowledge and support including research, literature reviews, case studies and articles from experts in the field such as Music and the Deaf, National Deaf Children’s Society and the Ear Foundation.
- Tips - inclusive approaches for working with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people in any circumstances and in a musical context
- Musical activities with inclusive starting points that can be adapted or developed in line with a practitioners own creativity, practice and knowledge of their participants
- Insightful contributions from Dame Eveyln Glennie and Paul Whittaker
Good Vibrations can be a quick read for immediate inspiration or a longer read for deeper understanding for whichever direction, interest or depth the reader may need. It promotes an understanding of how people who are deaf and hearing impaired can experience music and will be of interest to all school staff, Music Service and MEH, musicians, parents and carers. In short - any adult with an interest in developing inclusive approaches for working with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people.