Music resources launched for blind and partially sighted children

The Amber Trust’s new service includes educational visits from a trained practitioner

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The Amber Trust will launch a new music service on 1 October for blind and partially sighted children with a passion for music.

Designed to support families who have a blind or partially sighted child over the age of five with additional, complex needs, the AmberPlus service features resources and ideas for music-making.

AmberPlus includes access to free downloadable content, including 300 fun and educational activities, that are designed to nurture musical engagement, promote wider learning and development, and wellbeing.

A new scheme is also open to 50 families, who will receive termly visits from a specially trained practitioner. During the visits, parents, carers, teachers and siblings will be taught musical activities.

The resources have been developed by co-founder of the Amber Trust, professor of music and director of the applied music research centre at the University of Roehampton, Professor Adam Ockelford.

The Amber Trust highlighted that music-making can positively impact a child’s life through engagement and stimulation of the brain.

For further information on the scheme and how to download the resources, visit the Amber Trust website.