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Music and the Deaf

Music and the Deaf is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to providing access, education and opportunities in music for deaf children, young people and adults.

The charity has built an international reputation for pushing the boundaries of what deaf people can aspire to and achieve in music, and is now led by CEO Danny Lane, himself a profoundly deaf musician and pianist.

Hearing loss shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying and making music. It is proven that participation in music can play a crucial role in a person’s development: it promotes inclusivity, teaches young people how to work together, builds confidence, develops communications skills, and provides a vital outlet for self-expression.

Through workshops in schools and the community, teacher training, talks and performances, Music and the Deaf has engaged thousands of deaf and hearing children and adults. Our ground breaking projects such as the Deaf Youth Orchestra project, Frequalise and The FORTE Ensemble, raise awareness of the issues and difficulties surrounding deafness, and combat the sense of isolation that many deaf people can face, encouraging and supporting them in their musical learning.

Music and the Deaf is called upon as experts by educational organisations, charities, companies and initiatives all over the world. We believe that being able to participate in music making greatly assists in a person’s social, emotional, and intellectual development, regardless of their level of hearing, and we will continue to strive to enrich lives through music.

  • Jackie Hunt

    I met Dr Paul Whittaker today and was truly inspired by the work he does. The choir sang beautifully, but were also enthusiastic about the signing they were doing to bring the music alive for everyone, not just listeners, it was lovely to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed Dr Paul's talk and participating in the sing-a-long-a-sign that we did with him and found it very entertaining. Everyone should have access to music, whether they hear it, or feel it, it's part of life that should be enjoyed and Music and the Deaf can definitely show you how.

  • Joanne Stokes

    My daughter who's hearing and using BSL at my home as we both parents are deaf. We went to music and the deaf at the British library today. My daughter Tia enjoyed the music and amazing to see the children who having hearing problem can play music. I'm impressed to watch through the session. It's fantastic. Angie is doing so brilliantly! X

  • John Myers

    Today was the most magical, inspiring day I have ever experienced as a brass tutor. I can't thank you enough for the superb workshop delivered by Steven at hepscott park in Northumberland. I am inspired. I have learned so much from you and the amazing children who attended. Amazing people.

  • Leigh Cowell

    I'm here with my good friend Louise Firth attending the Hearing Fund UK Gala Weekend in Leeds. She told me about an old School friend of hers who wished to make 18 Donations of £100 to charitable organizations this year. I nominated Music and The Deaf and you have been accepted to receive your £100 in October this year!

  • Helen Jane

    Paul is a true pioneer for showing that music can be enjoyed by everyone . He shows that anything is possible and doesn't let anything stop you from achieving your dreams. Continually forging new links and ideas and breaking down barriers that society create. A wonderful, funny, inspirational person and a great friend who I m proud to know

Contact Details

Albion House, Ravenshorn Way

Sheffield

S21 3WY

United Kingdom

07988 292218

info@matd.org.uk

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