University of Edinburgh

Sounds of Intent: Music for Learners with Complex Needs

Date: Friday, 4th November 2016
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Venue: SSC, Edinburgh
Cost: £110

NOTE - closing date for course is 14th October 2016


This course, the first of two, will explore how to promote the musical development of children and young people with complex needs based on the Sounds of Intent framework

Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device or laptop with them to practise using the site.

The first day of the course will:

  • outline how musical skills and interests develop in children with complex needs, including those with sensory impairment;
  • set out the Sounds of Intent framework;
  • explain how to assess children using the online framework and recording system;
  • provide the opportunity to practise using the site and explore its resources.

The second day of the course (17th March 2017) will entail participants bringing video examples of their work and assessments for discussion by the group, suggesting possible ways forward and other, more advanced, strategies.

Please note that attendance at Day 1 reduces the cost of Day 2 to £40. Please indicate your interest in the second day and we will send you an application form.


Target Audience

All those working with children/young people with complex needs, including teachers, support staff, early years practitioners, voluntary organisations and parents/carers.


Professor Adam Ockelford, Director, Applied Music Research Centre, University of Roehampton.