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Our outreach projects aim to inspire the next generation of musicians, provide more opportunities for music-making in the community and enable people to benefit from the therapeutic effects of music.

Music Therapy

Southampton students and staff are active in local and national communities, both within and outside the curriculum. Our undergraduate course includes Music Therapy modules taught by practising music therapist Sarah Hodkinson. Students regularly lead and observe community music projects both in Southampton and wider afield. This includes placements in local special needs schools, hospitals, care homes for the elderly, community arts projects for individuals with mental health difficulties and library music groups. Students also enjoy the opportunity to be part of residential projects at the Orpheus Centre, Richard Stilgoe's pioneering music college for young people with disabilities. Having this rich, practical experience of Music Therapy is often a highlight of the students’ undergraduate experience.

Cochlear Implant Research

Music's Professor David Nicholls and Lecturer in Composition Dr Ben Oliver are currently collaborating with the University's Institute for Sound and Vibration Research on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project 'Compositions for Cochlear Implantees'. The objectives for this multidisciplinary project included the development and evaluation of aural (re)habilitation materials and new music for (and with) CI users to aid their perception of and engagement with music. The C4CI project team designed a stand for the University of Southampton Research Roadshow, which went to a range of different venues and festivals throughout 2012 including Cheltenham Science Festival and Bestival.

Working with local schools

Students and staff from Music are regularly involved with local schools. Recent activities include the Baby SUSO project, which took the University orchestra into schools, and Elizabeth Kenny's Venus and Adonis project. In early 2012 Elizabeth Kenny also worked with Music students and the The Orchestra of the Enlightenment to bring their Anthem for a Child project to Southampton schools.

Community music-making

Students often undertake community projects, including work on arts policy, community organisation and fundraising, as part of the Introduction to Music Business unit and third-year research projects growing out of the module. Student composers are regularly involved in creating works for community music-making under the auspices of COMA (Contemporary Music for Amateurs), in which Professor Michael Finnissy has played a leading role. The South ensemble meets at the University.

Composition for Cochlear Implantees

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Useful Downloads

Anthem of a Child recordings. Tracks 3, 11 & 12 feature Southampton schoolchildren
Anthem of a Child recordings. Tracks 3, 11 & 12 feature Southampton schoolchildren

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