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1st Edition

Soundabout Life: Music Resources for Young Adults with Profound Disabilities

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ISBN 9780367555405
February 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
53 Pages 152 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This innovative resource sets out simple, everyday activities that use music and sound to enrich the lives of young adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Each colourful card presents ideas that parents and others can do with the young person in their care, at home and when out and about.
Activities are based on the Sounds of Intent framework of musical development – – and structured to promote an evolving sense of self, engagement with others, and an awareness of the wider world. A QR code on each card connects to specially created audio and visual materials that can be found on the Soundabout website –

Features that make this an essential resource include:
• 48 cards that set out over 200 activities involving sound and music in an accessible way, with no special skills or knowledge needed
• Access to audio files, the pioneering ‘Soundabout Music Tracks’, that make music truly accessible to people with the most profound disabilities

Created by Soundabout, a UK-wide charity whose mission is to empower people with profound and multiple learning difficulties through music, Soundabout Life is a unique resource that will enhance the lives of all learning disabled young people aged 16–25 in the UK and beyond.

Table of Contents

Introduction to activities using sound and music with young children with profound disabilities  Cards 1-4 Level 2 Listening  Cards 5-8 Level 2 Listening  Cards 9-12 Level 2 Interacting  Cards 13-16 Level 2 Me  Cards 17-20 Level 3 Listening  Cards 21-24 Level 3 Singing & Playing  Cards 25-28 Level 3 Interacting  Cards 29-32 Level 3 Me  Cards 33-36 Level 4 Listening  Cards 37-40 Level 4 Singing & Playing  Cards 41-44 Level 4 Interacting  Cards 45-48 Level 4 Me

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Adam Ockelford is Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the University of Roehampton in London. He has spent the last four decades developing a theory of how music makes sense to us all, without the need for specialist knowledge or education, and he uses this theory to inform his daily engagement with children and young people across the spectrum of ability and need. He has written over 20 books and regularly lectures all over the world. His TED talk with the musical savant Derek Paravicini (with whom he has worked for 35 years), In the Key of Genius, can be found at Adam has been a Trustee of Soundabout for over 20 years.

Victoria Furze is an illustrator, author and arts educator. She graduated from Cambridge School of Art with an MA in Illustration in 2019, since then, she has continued to work on projects as an author and illustrator. She lives in Oxfordshire and also teaches drawing and illustration. Find Victoria online at