Music underpins each Sound Connection Session and is used as a means to interact, connect, communicate and work as a group. By exploring music making its many forms, we seek to engage, build key personal skill as well create a social environment.The session blends a range of traditional music making methods as well as music technology.Traditional music making Chuckle has developed a range of songs that promote volcalisation, core words, signing and actions. In addition, they encourage turn taking, understanding tempo, distinguishing volume levels as well as genres of music. For example all our sessions start with the Chuckle “Hello Song”. This song brings the group together, helps sequencing, listening skills and rhythm with a number of actions and core words. Similarly at the end of each session the Goodbye Song brings the group together to say goodbye through a familiar, action-orientated and fun song. Our Chuckle CD is available to buy, priced £7.50 plus postage and packaging. Instruments regularly used in the session are guitars (acoustic, electric and base), keyboard, xylophone, drums, and percussion instruments. Children are encouraged to interact with the instruments whether that is recognising that the instruments creates a sound to playing the instrument purposely as part of a song. Soundbeam TechnologySoundbeam Technology is an amazing and unique musical instrument that uses motion sensors and switches to translate body movements into music and sound. The child doesn’t have to wear special gloves, operate a controller, or wave a wand or bat in the air. They simply need to move in a way that is comfortable for them and the machine will do the rest. The child will learn how different movement qualities can shape and control the virtual orchestras, with rock groups, jazz bands, circuses, rainforests and haunted houses at their fingertips, and they can create musical pieces and soundscapes of ever increasing sophistication and subtlety. The switches are colour coded and allow children to play using colours as a replacement to traditional notes and be used to encourage patterning and sequencing. We also incorporate a variety of different sounds to encourage play, such as farm animals, space and car sounds. Vibroacoustic SoundboxThe whole human body is receptive to sound, not just the ears. Soundbox was originally designed for people with hearing impairments to make music. However subsequent use and research has shown that the experience of feeling sound, rather than simply hearing it, has important therapeutic implications across a wide spectrum of conditions, both physical and behavioural.Soundbox enables the vibrations of sound and music to be experienced physically, through Vibroacoustics. It contains loudspeakers mounted beneath resonant cavities that transmit vibration directly to the body.During the Sound Connection sessions we use the vibroacoustic unit with a microphone to explore making vocal sounds. The child is able to feel the resonation of their own voice and with 2 senses being affected together a child may gain a greater connection with the sounds they are making. This tool can also be used to explore beats, volume and rhythm. Other technologies We are always looking at different ways to develop musical awareness and interaction and have also used Skoog and music making apps on tablets within the sessions.
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