Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Making Music Accessible

Karen Marshall has done a guest post on the Pianodao site, called 'Making music accessible'

Sunday, 8 October 2017

TES SEN exhibition

A very worthwhile couple of afternoons spreading awareness at the TES SEN exhibition! 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Musical Activities Programme -MAP in Action

Rosemary Hodi has provided these pictures from the MAP (musical activities programme) 
developed by Katie Overy.

The first is Pass the beater, the second is In a cottage, the third is High Fives and the fourth Music has a beat. The photos show the Teaching Assistant I have been training running the session.

I have been running the MAP in Buckingham, Primary School. The children are Year 1 and Year 2. One has ADHD and dyslexia, another has difficulty with speaking in front of a group. The others two have suspected dyslexia. 

All the children love the games; the ADHD child is beginning to cooperate better while the quiet one is now confident enough to play and sing solo in front of the group. We have yet to assess since the programme is still running.

All permissions granted from parents.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Oxford Film Festival

I am Dyslexic

The short animation “I am Dyslexic” observes the struggle of being dyslexic in our current educational system. The film uses strong metaphors to portray these emotions, as we follow a little boy in his journey to climb a mountain in a world made of books. The film takes a look not only at dyslexia itself, but also at the loneliness and disillusionment that can come along with it.
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After showing at the recent Manchester International Film Festival in March 2017, the film is going on to be screened at the Oxford International Film Festival in May 2017. The festival celebrates both international and local filmmaking talent. Featuring stars like Timothy Spall and Stef Dawson, the festival certainly makes for an international film experience. For more information about the film, the festival and to purchase tickets visit: http://www.oxiff.com/


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Exam Provision Progress

As a result of Sue's recent contact with ABRSM they have now changed the info on their website re the need for ongoing proof of dyslexia. It now reads as follows. 

The supporting document
In accordance with the British Dyslexia Association’s advice, we require supporting documentation whenever we make a reasonable adjustment to an exam. This document can be:
  • an assessment from an educational psychologist or specialist teacher. The summary pages usually provide enough information for the purposes of our exams, but please ensure it includes information about recommended support or arrangements for exams.
  • a letter from the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or head teacher at the school, on headed paper.
  • a letter from the Local Education Authority (LEA), on headed paper.
Once we have a document on file, we will make a note of the reasonable adjustments allowed for the candidate. As long as the code D is selected at time of entry no further documentation will be requested for any future exam, if the adjustment requested remains the same. If any alteration to the original adjustments is requested for subsequent exams, you will need to provide an updated document or the original document for reassessment.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Full House

This month's meeting saw an almost full house - we were only missing Margaret; so we took the opportunity for a quick group photo.

From left to right:
Katie Overy; David Weston; Kim Rochelle; Joy Smith; Anna Pitt; Rosemary Hodi; Christine McRitchie Pratt; Andrew Millinchip; Sally Daunt; Sue Flohr

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Reasonable adjustments in music exams


Did you know that it is possible for candidates who are dyslexia, dyspraxic or have other Specific Learning Difficulties/neuro-diverse conditions to have certain adjustments made in the music exams run by ABRSM, Trinity College, London College of Music, Rockschool and any other smaller boards?
B.D.A. Music has worked closely with some of these boards to produce a ‘best practice’ document with guidelines on what can and should be done for such candidates. It is always necessary to have some sort of proof that the candidate is (for example) dyslexic and B.D.A. Music or the exam boards can help you sort out what you need here. Do contact bdamusicdyslexia@gmail.com

A summary of some of the adjustments that are usually available includes
·         All information about reasonable adjustments should be very clearly signposted.
·         The range of options should be clearly given (and see below).
·         Information should include the point that proof and documentation can take some time to obtain and must be given at the time of entry & certainly before the exam day
·         Supporting documentation should not be required after the first submission.
·         Details of required documentation should be outlined.
·         Contact details for further information should be clearly given.
·         The term ‘Specific Learning Difficulties’ should always be used, rather than ‘learning difficulties’

The examination
·         Examiners, invigilators and stewards should be briefed about the requirements of disabled candidates, including those with SpLDs.
·         Replays of scales allowed without penalty (1st occasion).
·         Additional attempts at aural without penalty.
·         Right-hand/left-hand instructions should include pointing.
·         Examiners should be prepared to point to the place in sight reading if a candidate gets lost.
·         Changes in the score in aural tests can be marked by raising the hand.
·         Acceptance of alternative terms for cadences and scale descriptions.
·         Statement from MPA re legality of photocopying music for ease of reading, should be reproduced
·         Avoid comments relating to reasonable adjustment on report form.
·         Publicise alternative exams (to ‘grades’).
·         No marks to be lost in written exams for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
·         Ignore need to copy out in written exams.

Options available as reasonable adjustments should include
·         Taking the components of the exam in the candidate’s preferred order.
·         Extra time (normally at least 25%) available.
·         Sight-reading, aural, theory and other written tests/information (including diplomas) available in various modified formats including
o   Tinted paper including such paper for rough working and note taking.
o   Enlargement.
o   Modified stave notation.
·         Alternative options to sight-reading or quick study.
·         Alternative options to aural tests.
·         Instructions (scales; aural; vivas etc) to be written down and/or repeated by candidate and limited in number.
·         Use of scale book/words for singers as a prompt.
·         Splitting of aural memory tests into shorter sections.
·         Use of reading ruler or pen.
·         Performance from modified copies or electronic device.
·         Report form typed up.
·         The presence of a supporting person/practical assistant in the exam room.
·         Use of computer (and music software) in written exams.
·         Use of a reader in written exams.
·         Separate room for written exams.
·         Use of an amanuensis.

For further information and/or a copy of the full ‘reasonable adjustments: best practice’ document, please contact