Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs

Adam Ockelford
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There are around 40,000 children and young people in the UK alone with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, in special schools and in mainstream education. Research has indicated that provision is at best patchy, despite the widely held belief that music is beneficial, both in its own right and to promote wider development. This book seeks to foster progress in what is still a young discipline by reflecting on contemporary thinking and practice, identifying key issues, introducing recent and ongoing research, and providing practical advice for practitioners including teachers, therapists, and community musicians.

  • Identifies and reflects on the key issues
  • Introduces relevant research
  • Sets out a framework of musical development
  • Shows how music can inform wider learning and development
  • Includes illustrations of good practice


  • Promises, promises
  • All in the mind?
  • Levels of uncertainty
  • Making sense of music makingsense
  • Sounds of Intent
  • Music moves
  • About music
  • Focus on Music
  • Influential measures
  • Fragments of genius
  • Conclusion

Additional Information

Item Number: 9780193223011
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 06/03/2008
ISBN: 9780193223011
Format: 234x156
Force: Book
Level of difficulty:


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