Instrumental Learning for Hearing Impaired Young People – June 2016
On Wednesday 8th June, we ran an introductory day at Doncaster School for the Deaf. This is the beginning of this strand of the project, working in partnership with Doncaster Music Education Hub and Doncaster Deaf Trust. Hearing impaired pupils from Plover School and Danum School joined together with Doncaster School for the Deaf to take part in a day of music making, led primarily by deaf professional musicians Ruth Montgomery and Paul Whittaker.
Ruth and Paul led entertaining and engaging sessions in rhythm, conducting, notation, and signed song, giving an overall picture of how music works…
We were also delighted to have members of the Doncaster Music Service staff join us to lead sessions on trying new instruments – the children were lucky enough to have a go at brass instruments, percussion, wind and strings! This clearly inspired the children, who were all very excited about the opportunity, especially having the chance at the end to stand on the stage and show everyone what they had learned.
The following day, we joined with Kirklees Music School to lead a workshop day for the hearing impaired young people who have been learning instruments with us for the past academic year. We had a fantastic day with Ruth Montgomery and Alex Kenyon, learning more about pitch and rhythm, body percussion and ensemble playing. The young people particularly enjoyed being able to write their own rhythms and clap them together, and playing them on their own instruments!
Friday 10th June we were in Bradford, similarly for a workshop day after an academic year of music lessons for deaf children in the local area. In partnership with Bradford Music Education Hub, we engaged the children in fun activities learning about pitch and rhythm, and enjoyed singing and signing songs including happy birthday to the Queen! The young people also had the opportunity to play their instruments together, led by Dorian Kelly and other members of staff from the Bradford Music Education Hub.