Sounds of Intent
The ‘Sounds of Intent’ research project was set up in 2002 jointly by the Institute of Education, Roehampton University, and the Royal National Institute of the Blind.
The aim of Sounds of Intent is to investigate and promote the musical development of children and young people with learning difficulties – although the system can also be used effectively with adults.
The research team has developed a framework of musical development that covers the whole range of ability from profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) to those with autism, with or without exceptional musical abilities (so-called savants).
The framework is freely available to anyone who wishes to use it, and works on all platforms, though it is particularly well suited to touch-screen technology (such as iPads).
The software enables ideas for promoting children’s engagement with music to be viewed and downloaded, and for individual children to be assessed.