I Can Play!
"Hearing loss shouldn't be a barrier to enjoying and making music. It is proven that participation in music can play a crucial role in a person's development: it promotes inclusivity, teaches young people how to work together, builds confidence, develops communications skills, and provides a vital outlet for self-expression" - Music and the Deaf
- Try out instruments and participate in music-making activities and workshops;
- Find out about the opportunities to access instrumental learning and music-making in York;
- Meet instrumental tutors and increase their knowledge and confidence about making music;
- Be introduced to role models in the music-making community, including professional deaf musicians and music leaders;
- Participate and perform through music workshops and sharing events;
- Share the experience with their families, teachers and carers, who will also develop their knowledge and confidence around accessing music-making opportunities.
- Have the opportunity to take part in training and shadowing activities in order to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in working with deaf children and young people;
- Connect with deaf musicians and music leaders, and understand more about the training and support that is available to develop their skills in this area;
- Develop their knowledge of the potential as well as the barriers that exist regarding deaf children and young people beginning and continuing their musical journey;
- Support deaf children and young people to access the range of instrumental learning opportunities that exist;
- Develop new partnerships and connections with families, teachers and carers of deaf children and young people and have access to better communication pathways to encourage and sustain engagement with music making among deaf children and young people.
- Delivered a training event at the National Centre for Early Music for instrumental teachers and music leaders, providing them with expert guidance from Music and the Deaf's Danny Lane, developing their skills and building their confidence in helping deaf children and those with hearing loss to explore and enjoy playing music;
- Delivered a music workshop for deaf children in the city, in which they worked with professional deaf musicians Danny Lane and Ruth Montgomery, alongside instrumental teachers from York. The children had a fantastic time and had a go at playing several instruments, from the flute to ukulele, and even learnt to read music - all in the space of 2.5 hours!
- Begun to support attendance for deaf young people at regular Saturday music sessions at York Music Centre, through Open Day tasters and ongoing discussion regarding access support needs.
- Welcoming Music and the Deaf back to York on Monday 15 May 2017, for a special Music Inspiration Day, as part of Deaf Awareness Week. Children will range from pre-school to secondary age will have the opportunity to experience and take part in an array of music making activities;
Delivering another twilight training session for music leaders wishing to develop their skills in working with deaf children and those with hearing loss, on 15th May 2017, as part of Deaf Awareness Week;
- Further developing links to ongoing provision via York Music Centre, through another series of Open Day taster sessions 9.30am-1pm on Saturday 24 June 2017, and via continued consultation between project partners and local families and young people.