LooperDooper can help pretty much anyone make music including musicians with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. It has been co-designed by students and staff members at three special schools in the South-West of England as part of Listening Aloud, a research and development project funded by Youth Music, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the MUSE Project.
Resources & Courses
The British Dyslexia Association and Music Teacher Magazine have produced an excellent 'Teacher Guide To Music And Dyslexia' which is available to download as a PDF file here:
The guide is free but a voluntary donation of £3 would be gratefully received by the BDA.
This resource is designed to enable students who face communication difficulties to issue clear instructions when composing music using a music software sequencing programme like Garageband or Audacity (you can find download instructions at the bottom)
We are regularly asked for advice on how to deliver music and the arts to deaf children. In response to this - the "Keys to Music" series were developed and published. These user-friendly guides were devised to help teachers and parents to fully include and involve hearing-impaired chiuldren in music and the arts. The existing National Curriculum schemes of work were adapted to suit the needs of hearing-impaired children and were researched in a range of schools to assess the improvement in accessibility of the arts curriculum to deaf pupils.
P Scales are a format for assessing progress for students who are operating below National Curriculum Level 1. This useful document (which can be downloaded as a pdf file here) describes how to assess what level a student is at for a wide range of subjects. Level descriptors for music are on pages 27-29.
Here's a whole bunch of lesson plans for using the Skoog in the classroom as part of the music curriculum from Early Years to KS4.
The Skoog is an exciting new musical instrument designed to empower those unable to play traditional instruments. The Skoog is a soft, squeezable object that simply plugs straight into your computer or laptop's USB port. By touching, pressing, squashing, twisting or tapping the Skoog you can play a wide range of instruments, intuitively.
Introduction To Music is a new, accessible music course created by Drake Music in partnership with apt awards (formerly known as OCNSWR - Open College Network South West Region). The course can be accredited at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 and is designed to be fully inclusive, enabling disabled and non-disabled students to work together.
Learning Grids World is website where any registered Clicker 5 software user can create an account to download and share Clicker 5 Grid Sets for free. Clicker 5 is increasingly being used to make music accessible to SEN/Disabled learners across the curriculum. Clicker 5 can be accessed using switches, touch screens, joysticks, trackballs and any other means of control, in addition to the conventional computer keyboard and mouse.
Prima Vista publishes braille music and carries out research and development in braille music technology projects. Visitors to Prima Vista's website at http://primavistamusic.com can browse by ear for braille editions and then buy them as digital downloads or embossed scores. The catalogue ranges from pop to classics and is constantly growing, but if you don't find what you want, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.