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Music and the Deaf Workshop

June 2, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

£4.00 – £5.00

Music and the Deaf
Workshops for children (and parents) : signed song, singing with percussion instruments
Information for parents

£5 per child attending a workshop (includes lunch for all the family); £4 members of The Family Centre (Deaf Children) (FCDC membership available to all deaf families. If you would like to join please follow link here. )

Saturday 2nd June – 11am-3pm 
(12 noon – 12.45pm: Lunch / social time)

This workshop will cater for all levels of hearing loss. It will be led by an experienced signed song and singing leader, and there will also be plenty of percussion instruments available for children to explore.

Music and the Deaf aims to enrich the lives of those with all levels of hearing loss through the experience of music. It is the only national charity entirely dedicated to providing access, education and opportunities in music for deaf children, young people and adults.  They work with many young people with cochlear implants (and hearing aids) and believe that with increased exposure to music, children find music a very natural thing to take part in. They have built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve in music.

Music and the Deaf believe “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”.

For more information about the work they do, please take a look at the Music and the Deaf website here.

For further information about music and all levels of hearing loss please look at the following links:

Music & CI  There will an international conference about Music and Cochlear Implants in Canada taking place in a couple of months. Their website states: “The poor music “delivery” in current CI devices stands in stark contrast to the general understanding that music is an important part of human wellbeing and Quality of Life. Recent scientific evidence points at music as an important auditory input for development of the human brain – both in terms of cognitive, emotional and auditory processing abilities. Similarly, throughout time and across cultures music has always played an important role in social gatherings – listening to music with friends, singing in the church or going to live music events is something many cochlear implant patients do not find pleasant” . 

Cochlear implant manufacturer MedEl also promote the benefits of music and run and annual festival called ‘Beats of Cochlear.’ MedelUK also run a competition every year, inviting young people with cochlear implants to apply for a music bursary which will pay for an instrument and instrumental lessons for a year please see their website:  – their deadline this year is 29th July.

And lastly please look at an amazing video of deaf pianist Elizabeth Elliott, who performed at Music and the Deaf concert at Kings Place in London with a talk also about her involvement in music:


June 2, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
£4.00 – £5.00
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Elmfield School
Greystoke Avenue
Bristol, BS10 6AY United Kingdom


Emma Stevenson


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