Adam Ockelford - Author

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Books by Adam Ockelford

Tuning In Music Book Sixty-Four Songs for Children with Complex Needs and Visual Impairment to Promote Language, Social Interaction and Wider Development

Tuning In Music Book Sixty-Four Songs for Children with Complex Needs and Visual Impairment to Promote Language, Social Interaction and Wider Development

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2018

Containing 64 songs designed to promote language, social and musical development, this book accompanies the Tuning In Cards so you can perform the songs and integrate the activities into your own practice. When paired with the Tuning In Cards, it will offer an innovative way of developing communication in children with profound disabilities, visual impairment, and autism. These songs have been developed in line with the Sounds of Intent framework, and a helpful introduction by the composer describes how to adapt the songs and activities to the appropriate developmental level.

Tuning In Cards Activities in Music and Sound for Children with Complex Needs and Visual Impairment to Foster Learning, Communication and Wellbeing

Tuning In Cards Activities in Music and Sound for Children with Complex Needs and Visual Impairment to Foster Learning, Communication and Wellbeing

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Cards Release Date: 21/09/2018

Based on ground-breaking research, this set of musical activity cards will help promote social interaction in children and teenagers aged 5-19 with severe or profound learning difficulties, visual impairment or autism. With clear instructions and an accompanying website containing over 150 recordings, they can be used by anyone working with children and young people These 48 cards provide a total of 300 different activities that offer an innovative way of developing communication in young people who otherwise may not be able to. The professional recordings are on a mobile friendly website with both a male and female vocalist, and without vocals, making these activity cards accessible at all times.

Comparing Notes How We Make Sense of Music

Comparing Notes How We Make Sense of Music

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A tap of the foot, a rush of emotion, the urge to hum a tune; without instruction or training we all respond intuitively to music. Comparing Notes explores what music is, why we are all musical, and how abstract patterns of sound that don't actually mean anything can in fact be so meaningful. Taking the reader on a clear and compelling tour of major twentieth century musical theories, Professor Adam Ockelford arrives at his own important psychologically grounded theory of how music works. From pitch and rhythm to dynamics and timbre, he shows how all the elements of music cohere through the principle of imitation to create an abstract narrative in sound that we instinctively grasp, whether listening to Bach or the Beatles. Based on three decades of innovative work with blind children and those on the autism spectrum, the book draws lessons from neurodiversity to show how we all develop musically, and to explore the experience of music from composer and performer to listener. Authoritative, engaging and full of wonderful examples from across the musical spectrum, Comparing Notes is essential reading for anyone who's ever loved a song, sonata or symphony, and wondered why.

Comparing Notes - How We Make Sense of Music

Comparing Notes - How We Make Sense of Music

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2018

New Approaches to Analysis in Music Psychology and Education Research using Zygonic Theory

New Approaches to Analysis in Music Psychology and Education Research using Zygonic Theory

Author: Adam Ockelford, Professor Graham Welch Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2018

This book is essential reading for those working in the fields of music psychology or music education research. A novel applied-musicological approach is applied to the analysis of data, which enables genuinely musical insights to emerge in a range of real-life contexts in which engagement with music occurs. The topics covered include a new study on pattern detection in music, an exploration of the expectations generated through groups of notes, an investigation into the cognitive processes involved in rehearing pieces, a consideration of the learning strategies used by a musical savant, an attempt ot gauge the level of intentionality present in the improvisations of a boy with autism, a study of the impact of gender on children's group improvisation, a report on research into the relationship between music, language and autism, and the presentation of a new model on the emergence of musical abilities in the early years. The emphasis is on researchers who are new to the field, extending the findings of postgraduate and postdoctoral projects. Each chapter has a concise, reflective epilogue written by an established researcher, placing the new thinking in a broader context. It is hoped that this exciting new work will act as a catalyst in the emerging field of empirical musicological research, and bring recognition to a group of new young academics.

Let's All Listen Songs for Group Work in Settings That Include Students with Learning Difficulties and Autism

Let's All Listen Songs for Group Work in Settings That Include Students with Learning Difficulties and Autism

Author: Adam Ockelford, Pat Lloyd Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2017

Music provides a unique and powerful means of promoting communication and social interaction in students with learning difficulties. In this collection, Pat Lloyd brings together 46 songs composed or adapted for use with children with communication problems. Each of the songs features a vocal line and piano accompaniment and can be listened to on the accompanying online audio files included with the book. Simplified guitar versions are also provided for a selection of the songs. Pat Lloyd provides suggestions for how each song can be used and developed to encourage communication and social interaction, and lists a range of possible objectives for each one. Advocating a flexible approach, she demonstrates how musical activity can be adapted easily and successfully to the specific needs of individual students. Enjoyable and easy to use, this is an ideal resource for specialist and non-specialist music instructors working to improve the communication and social skills of students with learning difficulties, including those with additional autism.

Comparing Notes How We Make Sense of Music

Comparing Notes How We Make Sense of Music

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/06/2017

A tap of the foot, a rush of emotion, the urge to hum a tune; without instruction or training we all respond intuitively to music. Comparing Notes explores what music is, why we are all musical, and how abstract patterns of sound that don't actually mean anything can in fact be so meaningful. Taking the reader on a clear and compelling tour of major twentieth century musical theories, Professor Adam Ockelford arrives at his own important psychologically grounded theory of how music works. From pitch and rhythm to dynamics and timbre, he shows how all the elements of music cohere through the principle of imitation to create an abstract narrative in sound that we instinctively grasp, whether listening to Bach or the Beatles. Based on three decades of innovative work with blind children and those on the autism spectrum, the book draws lessons from neurodiversity to show how we all develop musically, and to explore the experience of music from composer and performer to listener. Authoritative, engaging and full of wonderful examples from across the musical spectrum, Comparing Notes is essential reading for anyone who's ever loved a song, sonata or symphony, and wondered why.

Music, Language and Autism Exceptional Strategies for Exceptional Minds

Music, Language and Autism Exceptional Strategies for Exceptional Minds

Author: Adam Ockelford, Francesca Happe Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2013

Children with autism often have an intense natural musicality. This book explains how music and language 'work' as systems of communication, and why music holds such a fascination for many young people on the autism spectrum. There are strategies for showing how music can be used to support language development and even substitute for verbal communication. Exploring the progression from a young child's intuitive engagement with music, to using it as a scaffold for communication, socialisation and understanding, the book illustrates, through the use of detailed case studies, how music nurtures a sense of self and provides a positive outlet to express inner thoughts and feelings without resorting to challenging or even destructive behaviours. Presenting an innovative approach to the use of music with people on the autism spectrum, this book will be a fascinating resource for speech and language therapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, educational psychologists, carers and parents of people with autism.

Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs

Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2008

There are around 40,000 children and young people in the UK alone with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, in special schools and in mainstream education. Research has indicated that provision is at best patchy, despite the widely held belief that music is beneficial, both in its own right and to promote wider development. This book seeks to foster progress in what is still a young discipline by reflecting on contemporary thinking and practice, identifying key issues, introducing recent and ongoing research, and providing practical advice for practitioners including teachers, therapists, and community musicians.

In The Key of Genius The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini

In The Key of Genius The Extraordinary Life of Derek Paravicini

Author: Adam Ockelford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2008

Derek Paravicini is blind, can't tell his right hand from his left and needs round-the-clock care. But he has an extremely rare gift - he is a musical prodigy with perfect pitch whose piano-playing has thrilled audiences at venues from Ronnie Scott's to Las Vegas, the Barbican to Buckingham Palace. Born prematurely, Derek remained in hospital for three months and technically 'died' several times before he was finally strong enough to go home. It was not long before his blindness became apparent and later it became clear that he had severe learning difficulties and autism. Desperately trying to find something to engage and stimulate baby Derek, his nanny discovered a toy organ and put it down in front of him. Miraculously, Derek taught himself to play. Music proved to be an outlet for expressing himself and communicating with others - his way of dealing with a strange and confusing world.