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Feeling Music, the music project for Newham’s deaf & partially-hearing young people

3rd March 2016

Newham Music’s Feeling Music project provides high-quality music provision for deaf and partially-hearing children and young people in and outside of schools in the borough. The project currently has free places available for Saturday morning sessions at Newham Music Academy for primary-school aged children.

Feeling Music, funded by the City Bridge Trust and Youth Music, is the only project of its kind in Newham and has been running for the past 18-months. The main ambition of the project is to bring hearing, deaf and partially-hearing children together to make extraordinary music on equal terms through helping build up the musical skills of deaf and partially-hearing children, and to train music tutors in the borough in order to better support deaf and partially-hearing children and young people’s music making.

Pauline Fautrat, Feeling Music’s Project Manager had this to say:

“Feeling Music is such a fantastic project to work on as it is so innovative and much-needed. It is wonderful to work with not only deaf, partially-hearing and hearing young people but their schools, teachers, families and a whole host of fantastic partners such as Music &the Deaf and the LSO.”

In addition to sessions at Newham Music Academy, Selwyn Primary and Lister Secondary schools are partners in the project and receive free weekly instrumental lessons for their deaf and partially-hearing pupils. So far, pupils have made great progress and have been performing in and out of the borough; Selwyn pupils visited Lister in December 2015 performing to an audience of over 100 people and in late February the Feeling Music ensemble went to Richmix, Shoreditch and performed with Barbican Drumworks at the Incloodu Deaf Arts Festival.

If you are interested in registering your young person for Feeling Music sessions on Saturdays please contact the Newham Music office on info@newham-music.org.uk or 020 3598 6260.

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