Project information

Development and outreach

To provide a new platform for the experiencing of sound and music by children and young people with PMLD or autism and support their musical and wider development. To encourage artists and musicians to create bespoke new work and would forge a connection between them and new audiences.

October 2015 - October 2018

Charity information: Liquid Vibrations

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  • Need


    Children with Special and Complex needs have very limited access and participation with the culture and knowledge of the world around them.

    Some children's physical and mental disability restricts their movement, expression and excludes them from understanding and participating in society and enjoying their life.

    This isolation, if not dealt with, can promote negative feelings and depression for the children and their families which in turn influences the community as a whole.


    We feel there is a way of drawing the children into their social world through listening and music. We do this by providing underwater listening sessions to children and movement training for their carers.
    The interactive listening sessions cover different types of sounds such as narrative, abstract and musical sounds. We investigate the potential and actual benefits, which may be both therapeutic and educational by employing an observer and researcher from specialised academic institutions.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase the well being of children with special and complex needs


    » Underwater listening sessions throughout a term at a special needs school in Canterbury, UK
    » Training sessions with the children's carers to endow them with a lifelong skill in aquatic body therapy.
    » To try and ensure the legacy of our work by encouraging schools to continue the sessions and acquire equipment necessary for underwater listening.

    What success will look like

    We will be visual and documentary evidence collected at the time of practice and work with the schools and parents to monitor the children's response to the sessions.

    Aim 2

    To explore ways to promote the education and health of children with special and complex needs.


    » Working with academic researchers from the University of Kent and Roehampton University through continuous observation and reporting on the project.
    » To develop our range of activities by collaborating with other practitioners in the field of music, arts and movement.

    What success will look like

    Through increased involvement of researchers, academic partnerships and schools.

    Aim 3

    To carefully expand the experience and knowledge of ways to help those in need.


    » Publishing our reports publicly through our networks and university networks
    » Contributing to sector conferences
    » Applying research findings to future sessions with schools.
    » Expanding our service to include adults with special and complex needs and residential homes.

    What success will look like

    By monitoring publications and further afield, for example through educational and disability journals, taking it account feedback, and then the media.

  • Impact


    A more enjoyable life for those in need, and those around them.
    Higher awareness of the benefits of sound, music and movement educationally, therapeutically, and socially.
    The success of these would be evident in school curriculum and publications.


    No funding - we fundraise for each leg of the project and dont enter into commitments without securing 100% of the funds.

    Health & Safety and data protection - We work within institutional structures and have responsibility to the schools and families to ensure the children's safety.


    Funders of this project will receive email reports at the end of term sessions and access to the academic reports conducted on these sessions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,176

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,100 artistic spending training and movement facilitation at £175pd
      £2,200 artistic spending sound and music session creation at £200pd
      £1,000 artistic spending editing and filming of documentary video evidence
      £1,500 overheads participation in the Kent University Consortium meetings activity and seminars
      £900 overheads travel London - Canterbury
      £1,976 overheads admin inc 15% contingency
      £2,500 research 10 monitored research sessions
      £1,000 research collation and report

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Arts Council England £9,176 Conditional
  • Background


    St Nicholas School, Canterbury, UK


    Children with special needs of the school, their families, carers and the school as a whole.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Liquid Vibrations is the only charity in the UK and perhaps the world who carries out this type of work.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Adele Drake

    Founder of the Drake Music Project in the UK and Ireland. Adele is a founding trustee, outreaches to schools fundraises and produces the projects.

    Joel Cahen

    Artistic Director. Joel composes the sound sessions, fundraises and helps steer the artistic collaborations and research with the schools and partners

    Steve Karle And Stephanie Dutton

    Aquatic body movement practitioners. Train care staff and instruct on the correct way to hold the children in the water.

    University Of Kent And Roehampton University

    Observation, research and report of sessions and implementation within current studies.