Students learned how deaf people ‘hear’ music and perform songs

Paul Whittaker OBE, a musician, performer, inspiring speaker and workshop leader who is also profoundly deaf, shared his experiences with Perth College staff and students.

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Paul Whittaker OBE with Perth College UHI students

Paul explained: “It was great to meet the staff and students and share my experiences of being a deaf musician. Hopefully the musical games, signed songs, thought-provoking questions and examples of what music sounds like to a deaf person raised their awareness and made them think. We all had a lot of fun as well!”

Lisa Lulis, Perth College UHI Programme Leader, BA Popular Music added: “We were delighted to welcome Paul to Perth College UHI. His inspiring and fascinating workshop will assist our staff and students in having a better understanding of sensory difficulty with regard to hearing impairment.”

Student Donna Reid said: “I found Paul’s visit extremely inspirational, as a musician I can use what I learned from him in my trade now and in the future.”

Student Sebastian Fila added: “I found this workshop a fascinating learning experience, as I’d not previously considered how being able to experience music in different manners - hearing it and feeling it - ultimately gives you the same appreciation.”