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Focus of practice: Music education for pupils with severe or profound and multiple difficulties — current provision and future need
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Ockelford A, Welch G, Zimmermann S
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  • Pagination:
    178, 182
  • Journal:
    British Journal of Special Education
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There is a general agreement about the important role that music can play in the education and daily lives of children with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties. But what are the distinctions and relationships between music education, music therapy and music as a vehicle for other forms of learning, occupation, development or engagement? To what extent are professionals in schools aware of these issues and prepared to explore them from an informed perspective? In this article, Dr Adam Ockelford, Deputy Director of Education and Employment for the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), Sally Zimmermann, Music Education and Employment Advisor (RNIB); and Professor Graham Welch, Chair of Music Education and Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, Institute of Education, University of London, present and expand on the key findings from their recent research project, ‘PROMISE’, which examined the Provision of Music in Special Education and specifically in schools for pupils with severe or profound and multiple difficulties. The authors conclude their paper with an acknowledgement that a great deal of significant work takes place in these contexts at present but that further research, leading to the provision of new resources for curriculum and staff development, is crucial to the realisation of music’s full potential in the lives of pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. © 2002 The National Association for Special Educational Needs.
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