Music to Young Ears Conference: Engaging Deaf Children with Music

This conference is the culmination of Music4U's music and hearing research project , which is part of Musical Inclusion - Supporting Children and Young People in Challenging Circumstances. It focuses on the provision of music opportunities for deaf children aged 0 to 5 years. It will take place at the National Centre for Early Music in York on Wednesday, 8 May 2013, during Deaf Awareness Week.

Posted: 10/03/2022

Following on from recent research, the conference will focus on the provision of music opportunities for deaf children aged 0 to 5 years. Guest speakers will talk about the importance of music to pre-schoolers with hearing loss, how musical engagement benefits their development and ways in which technology can support access to music. There will also be practical sessions demonstrating how to involve young deaf children in music effectively.
The conference is aimed at people who work in early years settings and with deaf children and those involved in early years music provision. It will also be of interest to parents and carers of deaf children as well as students of music education, community music and music technology.
It represents Music4U’s commitment to extending expertise, knowledge and skills across the sector, increasing awareness about the value of high-quality music opportunities for young children, and sharing learning and best practice.
BSL interpretation will be provided on the day.
Confirmed Speakers (to date)

  • Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, Artistic Director of Music and the Deaf, will speak about the importance of music and singing for deaf children.
  • Professor David Howard, Head of the Department of Electronics, University of York, will talk about how to make music electronically with the early years and provide some live examples.
  • Danny Lane, from Music and the Deaf, will lead an audience session to demonstrate how early years practitioners and musicians can introduce deaf children to music.
  • Sean Chandler, deaf trumpeter and member of Goldie’s Band, will talk about what music has brought to his life. Sean will also perform for the audience.

Throughout the day, Music4U will be hosting marketplace stalls, which will showcase services and resources for deaf children and their families. This will be an opportunity for participants to find out more about what is available within the region and nationally.
Full details about the programme are on the website

The conference is open to the public and advance booking is required via forms from the website:
National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate
York YO1 9TL

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