Focus on Music: Exploring the Musical Interests and Abilities of Blind and Partially-sighted Children and Young People with Septo-optic Dysplasia

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Institute of Education, University of London, Jan 1, 2006 - Education - 71 pages
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Focus on Music breaks new ground. It is the first survey of its kind to explore the musicality of blind and partially-sighted children in the UK and USA. Through the eyes and ears of their parents and teachers, and through the first-hand experiences of the research team, an intriguing picture emerges of a group of young people in whose lives music occupies a special place. Few of these young people receive the services that their special musical interests and talents deserve, however, and Focus on Music makes a number of recommendations to improve the equality of access to music education for all blind and partially-sighted children, including those with additional disabilities.

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Adam Ockelford is Professor of Music at Roehampton University and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Education, having formerly been Director of Education at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). Adam is Secretary of the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), Chair of Soundabout, and founder of the Amber Trust, a charity that supports visually impaired children in their pursuit of music.

Linda Pring is Professor of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Professor Graham Welch holds the Established Chair of Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, and is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Culture and Pedagogy. He is elected Chair of the internationally based SEMPRE, President of ISME and past Co-Chair of the Research Commission of ISME.

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