The Community Music Gods were smiling the day we were invited by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and British Council Japan to return to Kawasaki, a city just south of Tokyo […]
In this piece, Ben Sellers shares methods for collaborative composition with pupils with additional needs, discusses how to avoid tokenism, and describes how to use video to support pupils to […]
At its best, creative music-making in special schools is collaborative, multi-sensory, visceral, connected. A container in which each person in the room can express their truth in any given moment, […]
Following on from my last blog – Two approaches to musical inclusion – here are some practical tips that I find maximise participant engagement. Additions, revisions and questions most welcome […]
“I am preparing a music project for young people with additional needs. I am not sure what to expect, what success looks like, or how to plan sessions. I have […]
Great apps for use in music-making, opening up access to music.
The first year of our Youth Music funded Exchanging Notes project was ambitious, involved many unknowns and experiments, yet was a real success in terms of participant enjoyment, learning outcomes, […]
My time at Drake Music, visiting schools of all shapes and sizes, has consistently demonstrated the following: 1. There is always something to learn from watching a classroom teacher or […]
As a musician and workshop leader with an understanding of music as a process, a state of mind, and a tool for growth, I believe that focussing too much on the ‘final product’ of a project can sometimes be counter-productive.
This #DM20 commission- a new composition written by deaf people for deaf people (and everyone else) – is the first time I have been responsible for the complete planning and delivery of a project of this scale.