Music charity for disabled children offers first degree

Soundabout music practitioner Felicity Corbyn, left, and student Neo Burgess
Soundabout music practitioner Felicity Corbyn, left, and student Neo Burgess

A musical education charity that works with profoundly disabled children is the first in the country to host a post graduate degree course.

Soundabout, began working with the University of Roehampton to deliver a Post Graduate Certificate in Music and Special Needs for the first time last year.

The first cohort of 13 students have just completed the course and now the charity based in Worminghall, are looking for new students to enrol in September.

The course, worth 60 points, can be stand alone or count towards a master’s degree and is based around the Sounds of Intent framework which was spearheaded by the charity.

It is now working to roll out the framework – which is the first of its kind – nationally and aims to reach all music practicioners in the future.

Soundabout was founded in 17 years ago by teacher Anne Brown, who still remains a trustee today.

Soundabout chief executive Jacqui Malone said: “The key thing that we try and get across to people is that you don’t have to be a musician. Music is in everyone, and our techniques are very simple.”

Jacqui said a typical session would involve a practicioner tapping out a rhythm before pausing and leaving a space for the children to react.

She said: “Every single sound a child makes is seen as intentional, so they can see that the power is in their reaction.”

Those applying should have a degree or many years of experience working with the severely disabled. You will be asked to submit a CV before being invited for interview.

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