Music Workshop

Cochlear Implants (CI) are primarily designed to process speech. So, for a CI user, appreciating music is often a secondary consideration.  Here at Southampton University, research has been conducted into improving music appreciation for CI users.


The course included an explanation of how music is processed through a Cochlear Implant, training with a music therapist and a group discussion with a rehabilitationist about the use of music. We developed the I-MAP. This is an interactive, online tool for developing pitch and rhythm perception.  Trainees were able to download and test this tool during the course.

This training was fully accessible with the provision of speech to text and the potential for British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation.

This course has been run over several years and positive feedback has been received, some of which is shown below:

“I can’t wait to try out what I learnt today.”

“An interesting workshop. Useful ideas to try out to improve musical awareness and enjoyment.”

The last course was in 2019.  The music training programme is no longer up to date and is often not compatible with modern technology.  We are not planning to re-run this course for the time being, but if you have any questions about listening to music, please email USAIS.

Please contact if you are interested in attending a Music Workshop.


A student has downloaded the I-MAP and is listening to sounds