Heart n Soul’s innovative digital music making project SoundLab explores ways of using technology to encourage people with learning disabilities to create sound and music experiences.
The SoundLab guide is useful for a whole range of music practitioners and organisations looking to help get more people creatively expressing themselves through music and sound.
In developing the project Heart n Soul held a variety of sessions with partners Unthinkable, Goldsmiths, University of London and Public Domain Corp, trying out new digital devices and apps to see what the team did and didn’t like.
Held in Central London, the Music Teacher Awards For Excellence celebrates excellence in music and performing arts education from new products and resources to hubs, music departments and individual contributions to the sector. At the recent awards ceremony Heart n Soul won the category for the Best SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Resource.
Lilly Cook and Ashley Elsdon from the SoundLab team attended the evening.
Lilly said: “It’s a brilliant feeling to know the work we’re doing is recognised and the more we’re spreading the word, the more popular it’s getting. I will do whatever SoundLab needs to help people in their journey making music.”
Other nominees in this category included Theremini (Moog) and Alphasphere, both of which Heart n Soul have used on the SoundLab project to further develop their work.
Mark Williams, Artistic Director from Heart n Soul said:
“We are thrilled to have the recognition of the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence Best SEND resource award for how our work at SoundLab is opening up and sharing the creative possibilities of new and emerging music technologies to become more connected and accessible for people with learning disabilities and as a result of that, for everyone.”