In collaboration with Creative Futures and the University College London


Sounding out is a three-year research (2015-2018), funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music and managed and coordinated by the London-based charity Creative Futures, providing a weekly music and music therapy programme based on movement and the use of the voice and instruments. It is for children aged 10-12 years who are affected by hearing impairments and attend two secondary schools in London. The project is organised by Creative Future in collaboration with a research group directed by Professor Deborah Vickers of The Ear Institute and the Professor Graham Welchdal of University College London and the Institute of Education UCL.

The project proposes to investigate and evaluate the following:

  • hearing and perception of range of sound
  • appreciation of music and musical progress
  • non-musical progress (other types of learning)

The research is based on a pre-existing programme developed during previous research conducted in a primary school in London. In this research, the results suggested that a programme of musical training that involves singing also improves aural perception as well as the perception and production of language in students with hearing impairments. Furthermore, it helps to improve their vocal capacity and communication skills by encouraging simplified access to the source of sound as well as enjoyment of the music.

SOUNDING OUT – the toolkit for music practitioners working with deaf students

Dr Kathryn Mason
Tiziana Pozzo

This Toolkit is a free resource for music practitioners and teachers working with deaf children. It has been designed following a 3-year Creative Futures project called ‘Sounding Out’, funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music, which involved working with deaf children in both primary and secondary schools.

Through this Toolkit, we hope to inspire music practitioners and teachers to be bold in their music delivery with deaf children, and to ensure that deaf children have as much access to music and music-making as other children and young people.​

“Our data suggest that the Sounding Out programme has been a success musically, with clear evidence of virtually all pupils achieving more advanced musical behaviours as their academic year progressed. This is very commendable and provides a solid evidential foundation from which to argue that all deaf pupils should have access to appropriate music education provision, whether in Primary or Secondary schools to support learning in and through music.”

(Professor Graham Welch & Dr Jo Saunders, UCL Institute of Education, 2018)

If you would be interested in receiving any training or professional development linked to this Toolkit, in order to support you or your staff in the delivery of music-making for deaf children, please contact Creative Futures and we will be happy to discuss a bespoke training package for you.

Music and Executive functions

Creative Futures, in consultation with a number of research colleagues both in the UK  (Dr Kathryn Mason e Alice Bowmer) and the US, undertook a pilot research project with children aged 3-4 years in a nursery setting to explore the impact of a structured ‘music and movement’ programme (completely speechless) on executive function skills. Sessions are lead by Tiziana Pozzo and take place at Old Oak Primary School in west London, a typical inner London school with a diverse population that includes approximately 40% of children with English as an Additional Language (EAL), 10% with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and a further 20% with speech and language developmental delay or social delay.

The research evaluation will be conducted by Professor Graham Welch from the UCL Institute of Education, London.

In 2018 Music and Cognition research group was born formed by Alice, Kathryn and Tiziana.