Our stimulating music-making programme in specialist school settings is designed to give all children the opportunity for active participation. Our specialist professional musicians adapt their approach to suit the needs of children/young people and staff in each school, leading a creative musical process where pupils and staff work together. The programme includes structured learning and support for teachers, providing the skills and confidence to use music in the classroom.
Our musicians are experts at involving children, whatever their abilities. We use a wide range of composition techniques, instruments and visual stimuli to create work with children and staff.
Our approach is responsive and flexible, but we often use these three project structures:
• one-day taster workshops
• five-day creative projects
• year-long staff development projects
Schools have on-going access to support materials and advice, and we have a wealth of ideas to help with music-making in our resources area. This includes video sessions on our YouTube channel for use in the classroom and at home, and training videos.
All learning starts in the home, and music can provide the perfect conduit. Through our family learning sessions families are supported to incorporate music into their everyday activities. Working in collaboration with public sector partners and schools, our six week courses give tips and tricks for music making as a family. Sessions are fun and informal, with lots of time to ask questions and resources provided to support the continuation of music making at home.
Schools, organisations and families can apply via the forms on our website for grants towards music therapy for children and young people with SEND and/or life limiting illness.