Music to Young Ears Conference - Wednesday 8th May 2013
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Music to Young Ears Conference: Engaging Deaf Children with Music
Date: Wednesday 8 May 2013
Venue: National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL
This conference was the culmination of Music4U's music and hearing research project , which is part of Musical Inclusion - Supporting Children and Young People in Challenging Circumstances. The National Centre for Early Music is a Music4U partner working in association with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and York Councils.
This National conference was attended by 90 delegates, from across the country which included early years practitioners, parents and carers of deaf children as well as students of music education, community music and music technology. It focused on the provision of music opportunities for deaf children aged 0 to 5 years and took take place during Deaf Awareness Week (6 to 12 May 2013).
Six inspirational guest speakers talked 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 was also be practical sessions demonstrating how to involve young deaf children in music effectively.
The following people presented at the conference:
Professor David Howard - Head of the Department of Electronics, University of York, who talked about how to make music electronically with the early years and provide some live examples.
Dr Paul Whittaker OBE - Artistic Director of Music and the Deaf, who spoke about the importance of music and singing for deaf children.
Bryony Parkes - Me2 Arts & Leisure Officer at the National Deaf Children's Society, who shared how the NDCS is helping arts and music providers to integrate deaf children into mainstream provision with specialised services and resources.
Danny Lane - Music and the Deaf, who lead an audience session to demonstrate how early years practitioners and musicians can introduce deaf children to music.
Alison Stephenson - NDCS Deaf Role Model and flautist, who presented on her approach to teaching music to deaf children and her work as a role model for the National Deaf Children's Society.
Sean Chandler - Deaf trumpeter and member of Goldie's Band, who talked about what music has brought to his life. Sean will also perform for the audience.
For more information about the presenters, click here
There was also a lively marketplace with information provided from: National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS); Youth Music; York Family Information Service; Lollipop; NYMAZ and Castaway Goole Music Theatre.
For links to these organisations click here
The conference represented 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.
Feedback from Delegates
'Well organised and fantastic to have 5 high quality deaf speakers'
'Great value for money, speakers, lunch, marketplace, everything - if only every conference was like this!'
'Excellent venue, excellent conference, fun informative and thought-provoking!
'Definitely one of the best conferences I have been to. Excellent speakers'
'The conference was very inspiring, there were lots of ideas which I can hopefully support other practitioners to facilitate.'
'There was time to listen, think, understand and get more awareness of how to integrate and make things more positive for people with hearing impairment in our organisation.'
'A really excellent day; interesting, creative and inspirational'
'Very informative and as a parent it confirmed by use of music with my son'
'Seriously great day, met some amazing people with so much in common with myself'
'Brilliant organisation and content - I'm so glad I came'
'All the presenters managed to engage the audience and get them to experience music with a fresh perspective. The audience participation was fantastic and left me feeling motivated and inspired!'
'I came partially from duty and ended up inspired'
Below is a downloadable information flyer used to promote this event
Click here to view the press release