Exploring the impact of music on the play experiences of children and young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
Individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) often explore the world in unconventional ways and as a result, opportunities presented for conventional play, are difficult to access and frequently obsolete. However, music and vocal-play appear highly motivating and fundamental to the well-being of individuals with PMLD.
This PhD research provides an opportunity to investigate and evidence the impact of using music as a medium to facilitate play, and develop a framework of guidelines and principles for teaching staff to embed Musical Play within their practices. It aims to investigate the impact of Musical Play on the engagement and playfulness of learners with PMLD and their peer relationships. It will also consider the effects of Musical Play on the attitudes of staff who support and facilitate play for learners with PMLD.
- Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities
- Severe Learning Disabilities
- Music Education
- Special Education
- Play Interventions
- Creative educational approaches
Dr Lila Kossyvaki and Dr Emmanouela Terlektsi
Rosie is a researcher and music facilitator based in the West Midlands, where she has established herself as a specialist in music provision for individuals with learning disabilities. Rosie collaborates nationally in projects with schools, charities and communities in order to devise, facilitate and evaluate accessible and meaningful musical experiences. She is director of the charity Melody and Co-Director and founder of the Community Interest Company Big Top Musical Adventures. Shortlisted for the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award (2018) Rosie’s practical experiences continue to inform, motivate and inspire her research interests.
When not making music Rosie enjoys painting, camping and the great outdoors!
- ISM- International Society of Musicians
- ISME- International Society of Music Educators
Spoken Presentation: We all play music: Musical Play for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. International Society of Music Educators World Conference, ISME Commission on Special Music Education and Music Therapy, Finland [Online] (2020).
Poster Presentation: HELP ME SING: Promoting vocalisations in music sessions with learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. Cripping the Muse Conference, University of Leeds (2018).
Exploring the musical preferences of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) PIMD SIRG Roundtable, Leuven, Belgium (2022).
Developing inclusive research: A Participatory design with proxies' method. The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) PIMD SIRG ECR Conference, Leuven, Belgium (2022).
Listening Together: Parental perspectives on the role of music within the home-lives of young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. British Educational Research Association (BERA) (2021) (Online).
We All ‘Play’ Music: Supporting Play for Children With Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Inclusive and Supportive Education Conference (ISEC) (2021) (Online).
Rushton, R., Kossyvaki, L., & Terlektsi, E. (2022). Music-based interventions for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities: A systematic review of the literature. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/17446295221087563.
Rushton R & Kossyvaki, L. (2022). The role of music within the home-lives of young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities: Parental perspectives. British Journal of Learning Disabilities 50: 29–40.
Pickard, B., & Rushton, R. (2022). Investigating the impact of volunteering with Melody Music Birmingham on the professional development and career pathways of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students. British Journal of Music Education, 1-14. doi:10.1017/S0265051722000237.
Rushton, R. and Kossyvaki, L. (2020) Using Musical Play with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities at school. British Journal of Special Education.
Rushton, R. (2016) HELP ME SING: Promoting vocalisations in music sessions with learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. SLD Experience. 75: 3-9.
Rushton, R. (2015) In Harmony Telford and Stoke-on-Trent: Engaging Children with Special Educational Needs Evaluation report on accessibility, inclusivity and impact for children with additional needs. National Foundation for Youth Music.
Source of Funding
ESRC 3+1 programme