Feel the beat: The project that enables deaf youngsters to “hear” the music

Music is considered food for the soul. Our happiness hormone gets activated when hearing the beat of music. Living in a world with so many sounds and not being able to be part of music entertainment activities makes it feel discriminated and having less possibilities. These barriers have a mental health impact especially among youngsters. The project “Feel the Beat” brings the approach and activities that enables this group of youngsters with less possibilities to live experience the music activities. Brightening up someone’s day is considered our mission specially in this project. Through this project, we aimed in creating and enabling the integration of deaf youngsters through some dedicated spaces where music is played, so that they can experience the feeling of the music vibrations. Read more

Feel the Beat

Feel the Beat reached today an understanding agreement with the Institute of Deaf Students, as the beneficiary category of this innovative project, the first of its kind in Albania.

Music helps people to boost their confidence, encourage learning about emotions and help develop fine motor skills. Many deaf people play musical instruments and participate in musical activities every day. It is a misconception that this community cannot, or does not, participate in and enjoy music in all its forms. In Albania, based on data from INSTAT, there are 39,000 people with different levels of hearing loss from mild to profound deafness, from children with attached ears to those who have lost their hearing at a later stage of life.

Musicians with hearing loss often use the vibration of their instrument, or the surface it is connected to, to help them feel the sound they create, so even though they may not be able to hear they can use the vibration caused by musical sound to help them ‘hear’ music.

The journey we want to take consists of several stages: from education through percussion instruments to performance and enjoying live music in clubs. The musical vibration device is a very efficient and hands-free way to tap into these all-important sound-induced vibrations.


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