The Amber Trust and ISM Trust to launch ground-breaking new digital resource for teaching music to blind children

On Monday 15 June The Amber Trust, in partnership with the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ sister charity the ISM Trust, will launch a major new online resource for teaching music to blind and partially sighted children: Amber Sound Touch.

Amber Sound Touch is the first comprehensive online teaching resource for music that specifically caters for teachers working with blind and partially sighted children. It comprises 13 videos complemented with an extensive written guide, covering key topics such as learning to play by ear, guidelines for appropriate touch in teaching technique, notation, improvising, practice and performance.

Amber Sound Touch has been two years in production in collaboration with the internationally renowned University of Roehampton’s Applied Music Research Centre. This process has involved several of the families and young people The Amber Trust supports, their music teachers and other professionals who work with them.
This innovative new resource will enhance equality of opportunity for blind and partially sighted children in their pursuit of music across the UK and beyond.

Amber Sound Touch will be launched on 15 June at 11am with a free webinar hosted by the ISM Trust. To attend, register here.

Julia Walport, Amber’s Chair of Trustees said:

'We are delighted to have had this opportunity to create Amber Sound Touch through the generosity of Julia and Hans Rausing.

We are extremely grateful to them, and to MariaMarina Foundation and the GC Gibson Charitable Trust. We hope the new resource will inspire teachers and give them the confidence they need to enable these children to reach their full musical potential.'

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM Group said:

'The ISM Trust is delighted to partner with The Amber Trust on this important and innovative resource.

Amber Sound Touch embodies the Trust’s mission that every child should have access to music education, and the expertise and skill that has gone into creating these ground-breaking resources makes them a valuable addition to the SEND resources available to teachers.’

Notes for Editors

  • The launch of Amber Sound Trust was originally scheduled to take place at the Royal Albert Hall, but due to COVID-19 restrictions is now taking place online.
  • About The Amber Trust: The Amber Trust was founded in 1995 with the aim to provide blind and partially sighted children, including those with additional disabilities, the best possible chance to meet their musical needs and aspirations and fulfil their potential. Amber aims to enhance the lives of as many of the 25,000 partially sighted children in the UK as possible through music, and to promote high quality music provision. The charity supports over 500 children every year in their pursuit of music. To find out more about the Amber Sound Touch online resource you can browse the website page.
  • About the ISM Trust: The ISM Trust, the Incorporated Society of Musicians’ (ISM) sister charity, was created in 2014 to advance education, the arts and to promote health. The ISM Trust’s primary focus is to deliver high quality professional development by leading practitioners from the ISM, working in partnership with other organisations. The ISM Trust is dedicated to creating pioneering resources to support music and all those who work in the sector including music educators, performers, and composers and delivers our work through webinars, regional seminars, training events and advice packs.

For more information about the ISM and ISM Trust, please contact [email protected]