Soundbeam 2 Equipment

Soundabout Modules

“It was really helpful in understanding how the real needs of children with PMLD can be resolved”​

Our training consists of Soundabout Core Modules & Soundabout Additional Modules. We are also building a library of short online training courses that you can pay to access at Soundabout “Ready-To-Go” Training Modules. For further information or enquiries please contact us.

Soundabout Core Modules

The Core Modules are designed to provide an introduction to understanding the impact of music on the learning, development, and communication of people with profound, severe and complex learning disabilities and autism. These modules are the foundation of the techniques needed to enable children and young people with learning disabilities to have a musical life that is interactive, that enhances their lives and learning.

25 Musical Activities that Work! 

This module introduces learners to the effective use of silence, timing and observation to create the best environment and encourage engagement with children and young people with learning disabilities. The module also demonstrates how staff can enable the pupils to lead the learning experience. 

See a condensed version of 25 Musical Activities that Work in this video from the Essex Music Education Hub National Conference, July 2018.

Devising and running creative music sessions for children, young people and adults with PMLD, SLD, Autism

An analysis of the role of the facilitator in practical music making and a discussion of the role of music in children’s personal development. The module also enables the music leaders to develop an increasing awareness of how their practice impacts the children and adults.

Creative use of the Resonance Board with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities

This module will provide an understanding of the Soundabout techniques and the used of the resonance board to develop  communication skills and self self awareness of people with PMLD . This practical module will provide you with new and effective ideas and activities using the resonance board using music and sound as the learning framework.

Music, Assessment and the Sounds of Intent

This module takes the learner through the Sounds of Intent (SoI) Assessment Framework giving a background to its development and use as a tool for assessing musical development in children and adults at differing levels of musical abilities. A Foundation that develops the techniques by learning how music is used to promote and assess children’s musical and personal development. Specific Elements that can be used to enrich your understanding of how music and sound can be used in your educational setting.

Soundabout Additional Modules

Soundabout Additional Modules aim to give practical and effective techniques & training in the use of specific tools to work with under 5s, children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and autism. These modules are underpinned by the Soundabout Core Modules.

Creative Music within Multi-sensory environments for people with SEND

Simple improvised music making using a range of instruments, voice and sound effects. The module stimulates the creation of multi-sensory environments that inspire and encourage interaction. The role of the leader in how to plan simple and effective music sessions that encourage interaction and help develop the personal and social skills of each participant is also explored.

Music in the Early Years 

Babies are born musical! This modules provides an understanding of musical development from birth to pre-schooler years and its importance on communication, social interactions and wellbeing. The module also provides and insight into the Sounds of Intent in the Early Years as a tool for assessing development and developing musical activities with children 0 – 5 years.

Understanding Music and Autism

This module provides an understanding of autism and gives practical examples of the effects of music in the life of children with autism. The modules also give useful ideas of how music can be used effectively in the development of people with autism.

Sounds Wild: Music Making in a natural outdoor environment

Music and nature to inspire and instil a sense of wonder and appreciation of the natural environment, encouraging and providing opportunities for interactive participation that focuses on raising self-esteem, creating a sense of belonging, making choices and increasing the sense of autonomy to influence what happens.

Sounds Modern: Skoog and Music, Simple Soundbeam, Using iPads

  • Skoog and Music

An introduction to the use of the SKOOG as a tool for interaction, communication and musical development for children and young people with PMLD, SLD, Complex LD.

  • Simple Soundbeam

A comprehensive review of the appropriate use of Soundbeam 2 & Soundbeam 5 giving a simple and easy to manage approach to setting up and using the equipment. The module also guides you through the planning and maintenance of effective sessions including troubleshooting and staying motivated.

  • Using iPads with people with PMLD, SLD and ASD

An exploration of apps that can be used in connection with the Sounds of Intent assessment framework and a discussion of how they can be used within music groups. The workshop gives the opportunity to share good practice.

Soundabout "Ready-To-Go" Training Modules

Soundabout is committed to sharing our techniques and practice as widely as possible. We are building a library of short training courses that you can pay to access.

Check out our current courses, each of which is made up of a number of short-modules: Soundabout “Ready-To-Go” Training Modules.