Good Vibrations – A Musical Resource for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

The Good Vibrations Toolkit has finally been launched as a new music resource for the deaf and hearing impaired. Developed by soundLINCS, the new resource will support individuals to deliver inclusive music activities.

Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, founder of Music and the Deaf comments: “Congratulations to soundLINCS on creating Good Vibrations. As a deaf musician with over 30 years’ experience of teaching and promoting the topic, I know there is a need for a guide explaining why music is important for deaf people, and that helps you find out more. It should be used nationally to encourage making music with deaf people and I’m delighted to recommend it.”

What is soundLINCS?soundLINCS logo

soundLincs is a not-for-profit community music organisation delivering high-quality and innovative music making opportunities. Their mission is to to provide a quality service for music which enhances, enables and encourages the development of music in an enjoyable way, through activities and access to information.

One of the ways they reach this goal is by creating bespoke music projects and workshops for a diverse range of people to suit their needs.


How do they help people who are deaf?

In relation to the deaf and hearing impaired community, soundLINCS addresses their specific needs by including relevant resources in their Good Vibrations Toolkit to help build knowledge and support including research, literature reviews, case studies and articles from experts in the field such as Music and the Deaf, National Deaf Children’s Society and the Ear Foundation.

Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s premiere solo percussionist, composer and speaker, profoundly deaf since the age of 12 remarks: “This is such as excellent toolkit, hugely helpful, and will be a great resource”.

soundLINCS believes everyone should be given the opportunity to experience music. The toolkit questions; ‘Why wouldn’t you do music with the Deaf and Hearing Impaired?’

How does the Good Vibrations toolkit work?

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soundLINCS colleagues celebrated 20 years of service

Good Vibrations has been designed to be a colourful and dynamic booklet offering short, quick tips and advice for adults who need a time-effective information source when delivering music with deaf and hearing impaired children and young people. Nikki-Kate Heyes MBE, soundLINCS CEO explains, “We identified that what was needed was a portal, a gateway, a simple and approachable starting point for any adult on the journey of providing music to a deaf and hearing impaired young person. The toolkit aims to do this for any person wishing to begin their journey.”

The Good Vibrations project was part of soundLINCS FundC a National Foundation for Youth Music Funded programme. The project was developed in partnership with Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service with support from Leicester-Shire Hearing Impaired Service and Bishop Grosseteste University to name a few.

For further information about the Good Vibrations toolkit or to find out more about soundLINCS, visit soundlincs.org and visit soundLINCS’ Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with events and new music resources.