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We are a Sounds of Intent Associate for the North East

Sounds of Intent promotes the musical development of children and young people with complex needs (e.g. learning difficulties ranging from PMLD to SLD to autism). 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 SOI research team 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.
Teachers, therapists, other practitioners and parents can register to assess their children online. Assessments can be made as a one-off or over a period of time. The results can be printed out as numbers or in graphical form.

For more information about the framework, visit the Sounds of Intent website.

Sage Gateshead is delighted to be the Sounds of Intent Associate for the North East. Our Associate role began with the launch of the framework at Sage Gateshead in October 2012.

As an Associate we will:

  • Raise awareness of the SOI framework regionally
  • Provide you with information about the Sounds of Intent Framework
  • Provide support and guidance to schools, centres and other organisations that wish to use Sounds of Intent and to facilitate at least one local seminar each year
  • Host a seminar where people can learn more about the SOI framework

You can also:
Purchase a SOI Practical Guide from us. For more information email

If you are interested in hosting a seminar about the framework in your school we could be delighted to talk with you about this. Please contact to talk with us about this.