International Year of Sound 2020-2021


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Special Projects

Teaching music in deaf schools using vibration

UKAN have funded a video from the Special Interest Group in Vibro-acoustics (SIGVA) from the Acoustics Research Unit (ARU) at the University of Liverpool who loaned vibrotactile equipment to the Royal School for the Deaf Derby to aid music education. A part-time music teacher helped us gain access to the school and the permanent music teacher did a great job adapting the technology into his teaching. This was the first time it was really feasible to teach pitch to the children. Observations indicated that there are likely to be generations of deaf children who have misunderstand pitch – in this group of deaf children many initially thought that a high level of sound or vibration equated to high pitch.

The video is also available on the UKAN website.

  • Country: United Kingdom
  • United Kingdom Acoustics Network (UKAN)
  • Contact person: Charlotte Swain
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  • URL: UKAN video

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