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SEND Schools Song Album - Where the River Flows

The idea for the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service SEND Song Album was born out of a conversation lamenting the lack of age and ability appropriate songs that were available for SEND students. All too often, it was found that songs were too complex and too fast with too many words that were often dealing with subject matter that was not relevant or suitable for learners with SEND.

The result of this was that although there is much good practise in SEN/D schools, some students in schools were singing songs more suited to nursery aged children as they were more repetitive, slower and contained easier language. Many staff reported that sourcing appropriate material was challenging and time consuming, and repertoire could be difficult to adapt.

Four schools across Leicester and Leicestershire were invited to take part in a series of composition and song-writing workshops with the composer, Jack Ross, in order to create a collection of songs inspired by the students' own conversations, opinions and thoughts. It was also important that the songs be contemporary, catchy, repetitive, and allow for the incorporation of signing.

We hope that this collection of songs inspires your singers to embrace singing. The resource contains scores, performance and backing tracks and lyrics sheets, and has been carefully thought out to be an adaptable, fun and easy to use resource.

To purchase the resources the prices are as follows

Download of song tracks and backing tracks £5.00

Songbook (lyric sheet, piano score, vocal line with guitar chords) and USB (song tracks, backing tracks, lyrics) £15.00

To purchase and download the resource, please contact Sarah.share@leics.gov.uk

Where the River Flows - in use at Dorothy Goodman School...

Being a part of Where the River Flows project has been a fantastic opportunity for Dorothy Goodman students and has demonstrated that talent, creativity and imagination has no limits. The development of the students' self-confidence and growing self-esteem has been a real highlight throughout the project and the final performance really showcased everyone's pride, hard work and commitment in producing the songs. Jack's work with the choir has enabled our students to realise, achieve and produce a set of magnificent, relevant and age appropriate songs for students of all ages and abilities.

Mark, teacher at Dorothy Goodman

Where the River Flows - Song Excerpts

To hear a short excerpt of each track, please click on the links below:-