Seashell student, Daniel, listening to musical sounds

Seashell has secured a grant of £29,914 from Youth Music, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, to deliver a unique and innovative year-long project.

Aurhythmics is a musical intervention led by Seashell’s Audiology team, to develop and promote the listening skills of children and young people with a hearing impairment and complex additional needs.

Youth Music invest in grassroots music-making projects that support children and young people aged 0-25 to make, learn and earn in music. The national charity works particularly with those who face barriers and challenges to accessing music and participation.

The grant will support Seashell’s Audiology team with a year-long project, structured around live music sessions to assist with auditory rehabilitation for children and young people who struggle to access and make sense of sound.

The project aims to evidence that the listening skills of children and young people with hearing loss and additional complex needs can be improved through structured music-based intervention.

Seashell’s Audiology team will pilot use of a ‘musical toolbox’ and other specialist outcome measures to maximise the listening potential in children and young people who face barriers to accessing sound.

Seashell Speech and Language Therapist, Lynsey Marsh, who was formerly Principal Clarinet with the Hallé Orchestra, said: “The Youth Music funding provides a fantastic opportunity to continue the valuable work we are doing here at Seashell, to promote the listening skills and well-being of our students through our bespoke music intervention.

“A huge thank you to Youth Music for supporting / investing in our work”.