Music and the Deaf is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to providing access, education and opportunities in music for deaf children, young people and adults.
The charity was founded in 1988 by Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, himself a profoundly deaf musician. Now led by Artistic Director Danny Lane following Paul’s resignation in 2015, the charity continues to go from strength to strength, and has built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve in music.
Hearing loss shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying and making music. It is proven that participation in music can play a crucial role in a person’s development: it promotes inclusivity, teaches young people how to work together, builds confidence, develops communications skills, and provides a vital outlet for self-expression.
Through workshops in schools and the community, teacher training, talks and performances, Music and the Deaf has engaged thousands of deaf and hearing children and adults. Our ground breaking projects such as the Deaf Youth Orchestra project, Frequalise and The FORTE Ensemble, raise awareness of the issues and difficulties surrounding deafness, and combat the sense of isolation that many deaf people can face, encouraging and supporting them in their musical learning.
Our leaders are highly specialised and experienced in working with children and adults with a hearing loss, and through their own lived experience of deafness, are able to quickly identify with many of the challenges faced by those they work with. Music and the Deaf ensures the highest quality of educational provision, upholds the highest safeguarding standards, and require enhanced DBS checks for all our leaders.
Music and the Deaf is called upon as experts by educational organisations, charities, companies and initiatives all over the world. We believe that being able to participate in music making greatly assists in a person’s social, emotional, and intellectual development, regardless of their level of hearing, and we will continue to strive to enrich lives through music.