Welcome to Songs, Signs & Sounds
We are a social enterprise* offering free, interactive, weekly music sessions for young people with special educational needs (SEND) and profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). These pre-recorded sessions combine music-making activities, well-being techniques, and captivating sounds so that you can access interactive, high-quality music sessions from the comfort of your own setting!
Check out our Celebrations & Testimonials page to witness the profound impact of our sessions; here's one of our families to tell you more:
We explore 5 key elements:
Singing & Playing
Exploring sounds through a range of genres and styles, giving opportunity for active listening
Modelling musical elements and techniques so that you can sing and play in whatever way feels comfortable for you
Providing quality time and engagement for you and whoever you might be working with
Learning simple makaton signs
Relaxing, therapeutic sounds (every week) based on the principles of sound healing and sound therapy
MORE ABOUT US
Karen and Georgie have been working together since 2019 and are both SEND music practitioners, delivering 1-1 and group sessions online and in person. They created Songs, Signs & Sounds in order to give people access to inclusive, accessible musical experiences. On 1st September 2023, they launched Songs, Signs & Sounds as a social enterprise to better reflect the social objectives and serve their community of parents, carers, educators and young people. Nigel also joined the team as Chair to help turn this vision into reality.
Karen started her life as a SEND music practitioner back in 2018 after graduating from the University of Birmingham as a mature student with a Bachelors degree in music. During her time at university Karen began to volunteer for a number of organisations and community groups which made music accessible for vulnerable people, and those with additional needs. It was whilst volunteering for these groups that Karen found her passion for accessible music making and began her freelance career as a SEND music practitioner. Since then, Karen has gone on to gain her PGCert in music and special needs, and has become a qualified sound therapist.
Georgie graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2019 with a music degree & a desire to work in music education and community music. After graduation, she trained to become a SEND music practitioner whilst completing the PGCert in Music and Special Needs (Sounds of Intent). She now delivers group and 1-1 inclusive music sessions, performs in an alt-folk duo and has recently qualified as a sound therapist.
Nigel has a varied career as an entrepreneur, academic, educator and community leader spanning industry, charity and higher education sectors. He is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and is delighted to be Songs, Signs and Sounds first Chair. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. See LinkedIn
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*social enterprise is an organisation with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are mainly reinvested for the benefit of the community it serves.