Thursday 18th July 7pm-8:30pm

We are thrilled to be joining forces with Sound Without Sight, and the Thomas Pocklington Trust Student Support Service for an exciting collaborative free online event.

In Tune with Success panel event aims to support visually impaired young people as they explore educational and professional pathways in the music industry.

We will be joined by three very special guests:

  • Bobby Goulder, who has built a career as a musician after graduating with a Music degree from Oxford University in 2015.
  • Sarah Bayley, LOOK Mentor, recent Music graduate, and Sound Without Sight intern.
  • Fiona Waterspring, Student Support Services Advisor at TPT.

Our expert panel will explore the possibilities of studying music at higher education, offering invaluable advice, guidance, and firsthand experiences.

This event is open to everyone, but we believe this session would be particularly relevant to VI young adults interested in studying music at HE and considering a music career beyond education.

The aims of the session include:

  • Sharing information, advice and guidance about studying Music at HE and developing a career.
  • Sharing a range of relevant lived experiences and solutions for overcoming barriers.
  • Addressing questions and concerns raised within LOOK Mentoring and from event registrations.
  • Signposting to further resources and support services.

This will be a relaxed, informal discussion and audience participation is encouraged. Questions submitted to Sound Without Sight in advance of the event will be prioratised, so we advise that you contact Sound Without Sight with any questions you may have so they can ensure that they are included in the discussion.

We hope that there will also be time for Q&A, so that you have the opportunity to ask any questions that may occur to you during the session.

Meet the panellists

Image of Sarah on stage sat down with a microphone in front of her, around her are her band mates, two on guitar and one on drums.

Sarah Bayley

“Hi, I’m Sarah and I am a 24-year-old musician. In 2022 I graduated with a BA in professional musicianship from the British & Irish Modern Music Institute. My time at BIMM allowed me to gain a better understanding of what’s needed in the music industry and I developed an interest in using music therapy and a passion for inclusivity within music. I am currently training as a Creative Arts Counsellor, so maintaining good mental health is important to me. I love to sing, and always find ways to link music to every aspect of my life as it helps me make sense of how I experience the world.

I enjoy being a mentor for LOOK UK, supporting blind and partially sighted young people with an interest in music. My experience in this role helped me realise the importance of self-advocacy and of ensuring that opportunities exist for young music-makers to thrive.”

Sarah initially joined the LOOK mentoring programme as a mentee, and was supported by her own mentor who had studied the same degree at the same university Sarah was starting. This invaluable support from her own mentor motivated Sarah to become a mentor herself.

Image of Bobby Goulder in a white tshirt and black suit jacket smiling at the camera

Bobby Goulder

A highly versatile musical director, arranger, pianist and composer, Bobby specialises in music for theatre with a particular flair for vocal arranging and orchestration. His work has taken him to the National Theatre, Royal Albert Hall and tours and festivals around the world, as well as being broadcast on BBC1, Classic FM, BBC Radio 3/5Live/Essex/Wales, Comedy Central and Sky.

This year he toured the UK with tribute show Legends: The Divas as MD/Arranger and is now working on The Fabulist at the Charing Cross Theatre as MD/Orchestrator.

Bobby is registered blind with retinal condition Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy. Since the age of 10, he has not been able to sightread music or carry out many everyday tasks, but this has allowed his musicianship and aural skills to develop to an extraordinarily high level.
Bobby graduated in 2015 with a 1st-Class BA in Music from Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Please note that this session will be recorded and published on podcasting platforms, so if you contribute during the session, you are consenting to appearing in the recording. This session is open to all ages, but we advise that children or young people wishing to attend the session should be accompanied by an adult.

We can’t wait to see you there!

LOOK Mentoring

The Look University Mentor Project pairs prospective university students with visually impaired graduates, offering guidance on how to make the most of university life. University Mentors help students by sharing their lived experiences and helping the mentees reflect on their goals and aspirations for their time in university.

If you are interested in having a university mentor click here or please get in touch with Megan Adams:

Sound Without Sight

Sound Without Sight is a community-driven online hub that connects blind and partially sighted musicians and industry professionals with each other and the wider sector.

As well as facilitating peer support among this community, we aspire to become the “one front door” for information related to music and visual accessibility. Our Knowledge Hub collates useful information from around the sector in a single searchable resource, and allows users to contribute to fill in gaps.

The project showcases blind and partially sighted musicians, their workflows, and the solutions that they have found throughout their work. Through online forums and regular virtual Meet-ups, the project fosters a supportive environment for blind and partially sighted musicians to learn from their peers and develop confidently, whether that be during education, into employment, or for leisure.

TPT Student Support Service

TPT Student Support Service is here for blind and partially sighted students aged 11+, their families and the professionals that support them. They provide expert advice, information and guidance supporting students to navigate secondary school, college and university.