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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.

Working with local schools

Students and staff from Music are regularly involved with local schools. Southampton University Symphony Orchestra runs Baby SUSO and Baby Proms, two highly successful initiatives for introducing children to the orchestra.

Community music-making

Southampton students benefit from our strong links with the local community, allowing them the chance to gain professional experience while engaging in valuable social activities. Our links to the City Council and local music bodies has seen our students perform for large civic events such as ‘Summer in The Square’ and work alongside the local music community through groups such as the Southampton Music Networking Group. Our partnership with Southampton Mencap’s Café Down The Lane promotes student participation in a new initiative to provide people with learning disabilities a platform for learning vocational skills within the catering trade. Music students provide entertainment, which not only helps them develop links within the local community, but also provides vocational experience and income for our students, as each performance slot is a professional paid engagement.

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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