Music is a wonderful way to help the development of speech and listening skills. It brings
an appreciation of fun and excitement as we sing and share musical activities.
All children attending The Elizabeth Foundation's preschool services or enrolled in our Home Learning Programme are introduced to a wider use of music and movement, as it is our belief that sound awareness
and musical experiences need nurturing as soon as possible.
Our Music Programme provides listening and speech preparation for deaf babies and young children.
The Programme was originally sponsored by Ann and Ezra Rachlin of The Beethoven Fund for Deaf Children, who inspired us
with their enthusiasm and expertise in the field of music theory. We were very proud to be
asked by the Fund's trustees to accept transfer of its name and assets in 2003, as part
of The Beethoven Fund's plan to cease as a seperately registered charity, upon Ann's retirement.
The importance of music
From the moment we are born, music brings contact and comfort. It makes life fun and
allows even the youngest child to enjoy making sounds, both alone and with others.
No wonder music is so important to deaf children.
Over the years, our experience at The Elizabeth Foundation has shown that music plays a
vital part in non-verbal and verbal communication. We help our children develop their musical
skills by exploring different tones, rhythms and tunes,and high and low pitch.
Using music in this way helps provide deaf children with a basis on which to build their listening
and language skills. Through our creative musical activities, children at The Elizabeth Foundation are
unaware that they are participating in an important learning experience, vital to
their ultimate goal: to live a full and meaningful life in the ‘hearing’ world around them.