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Working with Schools

The Soundabout trainer produced the most magical effect using the Soundbeam which he played onto the eyelids of a very delicate, profoundly disabled young lady. She, amazed by her own ability to create her own musical responses, then waited absolutely still until he had replied to her. This continued for perhaps ten of the most spine-tingling minutes in my thirty-year teaching career!

It’s about using sound as a starting point for a wide range of earning opportunities. Our approach encourages creative expression and well-being and is creative, intuitive, person-centred and flexible. It draws on many years’ experience of working in interactive and musical ways, using techniques and approaches that almost anyone can master.

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.

Soundabout sessions are playful, intuitive and student-led as far as possible and all those who are involved are able to join in at a level that suits them. Nearly all pupils respond to and hugely enjoy music, and because the sessions are fun and relevant (building upon their abilities and choices), they become engaged and motivated to play an active role in influencing the content and flow of the interactive session.

How to Get Involved

Soundabout training can take place in your own premises involving the staff and the students themselves or online. A valuable feature of Soundabout’s training is the modelling of Soundabout’s methods within the classroom, demonstrating how the approach can benefit each of your pupils individually, however, we can adapt training to deliver online to your teams as well, please contact us for more information.

Training is available for early years, primary and secondary schools, colleges and other post 16 setting including adult care providers.

Further details about the content of some of our training workshops can be found on our Soundabout Core Modules and Soundabout Additional Modules page. This list is not exhaustive. We can work flexibly with you to develop a bespoke training package that will suit your staff needs.

As well as our specialist training, Soundabout has also been able to work with schools to offer music making opportunities for pupils and their families. Please see our page on Music Making in Schools.

For further information or enquiries about Soundabout training please contact us.

Schools Saturday Outreach

Soundabout has worked with a number of schools to offer music making sessions for their pupils and families on a Saturday. This extends the schools offer for family engagement in positive, proactive small group sessions that siblings can join in, in a space that is familiar and accessible to the pupils and their families. Please contact us if you are interested in hosting some weekend sessions.

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting some weekend sessions.

Sounds Wild

Sounds Wild sessions combine music and nature to inspire and instil a sense of wonder and appreciation of the natural environment for pupils with special needs. We encourage and provide opportunities for creating child-led multi-sensory music making experiences in nature reserves or in the school’s outdoor environment. Get further details about Sounds Wild.

For further information or booking enquiries please contact us.