Many deaf people play musical instruments and take part in music activities on a daily basis. It is a misconception that they cannot participate in and enjoy music.  

As with hearing young people, participating in music activities can have many benefits for deaf children and young people. As well as the vibrations the visual aspect and performance value to playing, music can help children increase their confidence, encouraging learning about emotions and help develop fine motor skills.

Resources Available

Following the success of the deaf-friendly activities and deaf-friendly venue resources launched in June 2012, a new music resource was launched in November 2013.

This resource is aimed at all mainstream music practitioners who want to ensure that deaf children and young people can fully participate in music activities.

Download a copy here:

How to make music activities accessible for deaf children and young people.pdf (1189 kb) [pdf]

If you have any questions about how to include deaf children in your activities or classes, please e mail 


Music examinations

We have worked with various Music Examination Boards who work internationally and nationwide.

 See here for our factsheet on the adaptations that four music examination boards make for deaf candidates:

Music exams - Information on the adaptations available for deaf young candidates (327 kb) [pdf]

Please contact the Me2 deaf-friendly activities team for more information