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Music and Children with Special Needs: Sounds of Intent

An introduction to the Sounds of Intent framework of musical development for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Key Facts



(PGCE) Music and Children with Special Needs: Sounds of Intent


Degree Duration

1 year :Full Time


Start Dates

September 2023

Degree Overview

This part-time, postgraduate certificate is an internationally unique opportunity to be part of the most exciting new area of work currently happening in the field of music and special educational needs. You will be introduced to the ‘Sounds of Intent’ music-developmental framework and learn how to use the resources and assessment tool available through the website. The course has both theoretical and practical elements, and is assessed through essays, a portfolio of work and a placement. It is available both through face-to-face delivery and fully online.

The resource has taken over 10 years to research and develop, involving hundreds of practitioners from across the special education sector. The tool is made up of three components, an online assessment tool, a curriculum framework and downloadable resources. This course will develop and train students in terms of their academic and practical skills in music provision, using both fundamental theoretical and research issues, and providing opportunities for the application of new knowledge within your own professional context. For example, you will be able to develop and design a music curriculum for children with learning difficulties using Sounds of Intent materials, and lead and advise on the use of music and the materials in your organisation, for the benefit of students.


You may incur additional costs during your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year such as laptops, Stationary and additional resources

Why Study this Degree

Roehampton is ranked 2ed in London for research quality in Education in the 2023 Complete University Guide

The course is the only one of its kind in the world, and can be delivered via both online and face-to-face teaching

University of Roehampton London is ranked top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022)