Tuesday 4 November 2014
Dyslexia Awareness Week
The Royal College of Music is pleased to be taking part in Dyslexia Awareness Week from 3–9 November.
The RCM supports many students with dyslexia through our Student Services. The provision varies from offering extra time for assignments and exams and alternative assessment methods to assistive software specific to music, such as Auralia to assist with aural training.
RCM students are always welcome to attend free drop-in sessions to discuss their needs with RCM Student Services Manager Lynnette Easterbrook, who says: ‘Without the right support, students with dyslexia can struggle with a range of tasks, including sight reading, aural, time management, essay writing, reading and even playing scales. Our aim is to provide the right advice and support to help students get the most out of their time at the RCM.’
Composition student Daniel McBride describes the support he’s received: ‘Before coming to RCM I had never been tested for dyslexia. When I arrived I went to speak to Lynnette as I was having troubles with my essays and structuring them. I was overwhelmed with the amount of support offered to me even before my diagnosis. Lynnette has worked very closely with me throughout my DSA application and has never failed to answer any question no matter how big or small.’
RCM singer Natasha Day has completed her undergraduate studies with First Class Honours and is now studying at the RCM International Opera School. She says: ‘My professors have been so supportive with my academic studies at the RCM. I do not see dyslexia as a limitation, it’s a different way of thinking and it has opened me up to new creative processes. I have devised methods for coping with speedy memorisation of huge amounts of music and spoken dialogue. But I couldn’t have done this without support and understanding. I shall be eternally grateful to the RCM for their help and dedication.’
Organised by the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Awareness Week runs from November 3 to November 9 2014 and is an annual event that aims at not just raising awareness, but also showcasing the amazing achievements that people with dyslexia have made.