University of Edinburgh

Supporting Deaf Pupils in Secondary Schools

Presented on Wednesday 28 September, 2011

Kirsty Steele
Teacher of the Deaf
Calderside Academy

Teaching Music

For and against

Reasons FOR Reasons AGAINST
Enthusiastic TOD with a musical background. Time would be better used to consolidate work in the Base.
Pupil is keen Do WE have the right to say NO?
Can aid behavioural difficulties  
We can only fail! (at least we would have tried). Teacher attitude
Believed pupils level of hearing loss and amplification would support success in the subject. They can't gain anything from it.
Proven success ( SG, tuition, prize) HOW DO WE DO IT?
They can gain a variety of new skills.  
May lead to other subjects being offered  

Parental support




Appropriate amplification

  • Direct Input Leads
  • Headphones

Understanding rhythm- rhythmic patterns



Understanding dynamics


note lengths

note names

Playing instruments

Glockenspiel glockenspiel

Keyboard keyboard

Acoustic guitar guitar

Drums drums

Percussion triangle

Developing listening skills

  • Quiet room
  • Training ear - styles of music
  • Multiple choice questions