Soundabout techniques seem to have awakened responses unseen in David. A repetitive song was sung, using three names in the group. After several repetitions, we left out the name ‘David’. He slowly lifted his hand to his chest as if to indicate ‘me’. After doing this several times, we realised this was his clear intention. We were amazed!

Our music-making techniques help to stimulate communication, learning and self-expression, enabling pupils who may be unable to hold an instrument or speak to make their own unique contribution.

  • Sound and music is the starting point 
  • Intensive interaction one to one with profoundly disabled children and young people
  • We model and teach a culture of musical communication
  • We use resonance boards, soundbeams, musical instruments, sound, silence, voice, music and storytelling
  • We facilitate playfulness in order to release staff’s inhibition around music making
  • We look at what is the most effective way of working
  • We use a range of approaches, suitable for the children and young people, the teachers and the schools
  • We exemplify developing relationships – what unfolds, what opens up, what changes from this interaction

We use these techniques in our sessions and share them through our training for parents, educational staff and musicians.