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Children deafness

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Aims

The experiences in Humanistic Music therapy show that the deaf child, once the diagnosis is correctly done and the prosthesis correctly chosen, approaches in a natural way the word through singing. The deaf child is respected in his human essence of child who expresses his joy of living with the voice (singing) which transforms in words. Also the deaf-mutes have a voice. The lack of use of their “voice” makes it useless. The use and the mastery of the voice is possible only by learning how to listen. A deaf child who is learning how to listen teaches to adults that it is important the difference between hearing and listening. Listening is the result of deliberateness, of an internal wish of listening. This will originates from pleasure, from the joy of being welcomed and appreciated. Listening is an art which in humanistic music therapy is taught by deaf children.

Scientific aspects

The Vibrant Body
- the perception of sound waves assails the body through the Body Resonance. This theme is treated in the text about “The Vibrant Body” with a test carried out on 465 deaf children.
- The use of hearing aids. It is possible to work with any kind of hearing aid: external-behind the ear, endoacoustic (inside the auditory canal), internal ( cochlear implant).
- the deaf child with a hearing aid learns how to listen through: body resonance, presence of sound residuals, and use of hearing aids.
- Living the sound and learning to distinguish them with increasing progression in a context of joy. The context of joy encourages an elastic muscular tone which permits to the vibrant body and the auditive system to transmit sound waves and the progression in the distinctions of different sound tones
- A deaf child, learning how to listen, thanks to his own will, learns all the advantages of words. For this reason he starts speaking, according to his way of distinguishing sounds which is then refined with the confidence and the self-esteem which reinforce the child who feels loved by the others.

The videos proposed

Video 1
Body resonance – Idiophone music instruments – Presence of mothers - Emotions - Listening - Voice

Video 2
Singing is a natural and spontaneous activity even for a deaf child

Video 3
All together, children, adults, hearing and deaf people

Video 4
Milan – May 5th, 2001 - Sala Puccini, Conservatoire "G. Verdi".
Concert of M. (deaf girl) at the piano with Christian Guyot (professor of music, deaf since his birth) improvising at the drums.
R. Schumann - "The Happy Peasant"

Video 5
Milan – May 5th, 2001 - Sala Puccini, Conservatoire "G. Verdi".
Concert of E. (deaf girl) at the piano with Christian Guyot (music teacher, deaf from his birth) improvising at the drums.
Kabalewskij - Clowns

Video 6
Milan – May 5th, 2001 - Sala Puccini, Conservatoire "G. Verdi".
Concert of E. (deaf girl) at the piano with Christian Guyot (music teacher, deaf from his birth) improvising at the drums.
Sonata of Diabelli for four hands;
M., E.and E. are wearing an endoacoustic hearing aids by "Linear".

Video 7
the "Symbolic Music Game”
Taking care of the emotions of a deaf child.