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Deaf Music Conference, Workshops and Activities in 2014/2015

Conference News!

Music4U will be holding its second national conference on Friday 27 February 2015 at the National Centre for Early Music in York. The conference which is entitled 'Music for Life - The Impact of Music on the Wellbeing of Deaf Young People' will be aimed at professionals and we will be looking at what challenges deaf young people face and how music can promote improved mental and emotional wellbeing. The keynote speaker for the conference will the award-winning conductor, Charles Hazelwood who founded the British Paraorchestra - the world's first ever orchestra for virtuoso musicians with disability - which closed the London 2012 Paralympics. For more information go to and

This conference builds on the success of our Music to Young Ears Conference in 2013, which brought together the themes of early years music and provision for deaf children, we are planning a series of workshops and music sessions for children and young people this year. More information will be available later in the autumn so please bookmark this page. 

The Listening Bus in Hull

Music4U piloted a music session for young deaf children in partnership with Music and the Deaf and Hull City Council, on board the National Deaf Children's Society's Listening Bus in Hull on Friday 2 May 2014. The session was aimed at families in the Early Years Music Group, which is supported by Annette Parr, education audiologist with Hull City Council.

NCEM-NDCS Listening Bus Music Hull NCEM-NDCS Listening Bus Music Hull

Ten children aged 0-2 and their carers participated in the session. Danny Lane from Music and the Deaf delivered a range of musical games, exposing the children to different songs, instruments and musical properties. The most wonderful moment was when Danny showed the kids what was in his trumpet case - they were all mesmerized. Many of the participants were able to experience instruments, which were entirely new to them and learn songs and games which could be practised at home.

This small-scale pilot represents the first time that Music4U has partnered with Music and the Deaf and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) on a project. The activity showed how bringing together the expertise and resources from experienced organisations can bring about fantastic music-making opportunities for young people.

The hugely popular Listening Bus has been traveling around the UK since 1996 delivering the NDCS's unique information service to the doorstep of the nation's deaf children; their families and friends and the professionals working with them.