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Music & Dyslexia


Music and Dyslexia














































Which instrument to choose?





Graded music exams


Most of the music exam boards including ABRSM and Trinity offer extra time with scales, sight reading and aural tests. Sight reading can also be enlarged or be presented on different colour paper for ease of processing. The exam board must be contacted before the exam entry to ensure there is time to make the appropriate adjustments for the exam. UCAS points are awarded for grades 6-8


What do singers Paloma Faith and Sir Tom Jones, record producer of many pop hits Phil Wainman, violinist Nigel Kennedy and violist Steve Wright all have in common? They all have dyslexia and they all have a global career in the music industry. Insert images here. 

Learning a musical instrument is fun and can have many benefits. As well as creating new neural pathways in the brain which promotes all round learning, it is a great way to express yourself and use your creative strengths. Musicians who have dyslexia are often very good at creating their own songs and can play music by ear.

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Multi-sensory learning and strategies for successful learning

Learning traditional music in the western world relies on learning to read music. This can be a challenge, just as it can be with reading the written word. The good news is that any challenges can be overcome using multi-sensory learning techniques and strategies. People with dyslexia learn best through multi-sensory learning. In music lessons there is much more freedom to learn in this way than in the classroom. Kinaesthetic learning works well. Moving to the music, marching, skipping, dancing, and clapping. Drawing notes on white boards, in sand or with coloured chalk on the floor. Photocopying written music is allowed for students with dyslexia. This gives the teacher an opportunity to enlarge the score, use different colours to help with the written notes on the page and highlight any musical directions that maybe helpful for the learner. Technology can help with recording practice instructions, or videos of the teacher demonstrating what needs to be practiced at home. There are many children’s music apps. Music learning games such as DustBuster for piano and Monkey Drum for all instruments are fun and help to reinforce music learning.

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Woodwind, brass, string instruments and singing have only 1 line of music to read. Some percussion instruments such as drums use a line of rhythmic notation. This can be much easier to process than instruments such as the piano. Written notation for the piano is multi-layered, as many notes are being played at the same time. If the piano is your preferred choice, don’t let this put you off as there are many strategies that can help.

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BBC BitesizeBitesize helps students aged six to 16 years with their coursework, homework and exam preparation. The sites provide "bitesized" interactive content, video and audio summaries and mock exams. (6-16 years)


Classroom Cereal - Grammar practice in free, printable short stories


ABCYA - ABCYA is an educational game channel for early years to primary children. 

Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Scholastic Learn at Home - Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 

Dog on a Log Books - Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customised to any student's needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. - A database of American education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings. 

readwritethink - provides teachers and parents with access to resources in reading and language arts instruction for children from 5 to 16.




BBC Bitesize - Bitesize helps students aged six to 16 years with their coursework, homework and exam preparation. The sites provide "bitesized" interactive content, video and audio summaries and mock exams. (6-16 years)

Maths Worksheet Generator. The Math Worksheet site has customisable, generated worksheets that target your children’s specific needs.


Fun Brain -  interactive learning games maths games for younger children. 

Math Playground - Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources up to year 7.

XMathA nonprofit organisation offering free supplemental maths activities.

APlusClick- Maths and logic problems to develop logical reasoning and problem solving skills



Khan Academy-  Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organisation  offering online tools that help educate students of all ages and across a range of topics.It produces short lessons in the form of videos and includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators.

Educational App Store - A resource for education apps for all subjects for younger children in education. 

Natural History Museum - Learning resources focusing on the natural words and dinosaurs for children up to the age of 11 years; all resources are mapped to the National Curriculum. 

CBeebies - The CBeebies YouTube channel is aimed at adults watching with young children and offers a safe environment where CBeebies content is readily accessible with no inappropriate links or adverts.

BBC GoodFood - Simple recipes for cooking with children.

The British CouncilLearnEnglish Kids is from the British Council and has lots of free resources  games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, they have articles on supporting children in learning English.

YouTube Learning - A resource for families with children of different ages and areas of interest.


Rootsandshoots -  Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots programme is about making positive change happen – for communities, for animals and for the environment. This youth-driven network fosters a fun, flexible and supportive environment where young people come together to share ideas and inspiration, implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and international campaigns. The American website provides home schooling resources The UK website can be found here: 


Coping with anxiety

Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirusA book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

Managing Your Child's Anxiety from Professor Amanda Kirby.View a recording of the British Dyslexia Association's webinar on coping with your child's anxiety in these challenging times. Click here

Coping with Anxiety


Epic Phonics - A YouTube channel to help younger children with spelling and early reading


Typing Club is a free web-based resource for learning touch typing

Doorway - Doorway Online is a collection of free and accessible educational games that learners will find easy to use independently.

Dance Mat Typing A BBC Bytesize resource for helping children to learn touch typing

Virtual Day Trips

Edinburgh Zoo - A virtual visit to Edinburgh Zoo with free educational resources from pre-school to secondary levels. 

Stonehenge - Visit Stonehenge and access the a range of resources to explore England's history.


The Natural History Museum - Visit a world-class visitor attraction from home-the Natural History Museum.

Virtual Day Trip
Comparison Table

As many of the resources are American, we have provided a table illustrating a comparison between the US and UK education years.  

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