Step Up! Webinars (Part 2) – Inclusive practice for music ed

We are excited to announce the second half of our Step Up! Webinar Series as part of our Think22 Music Education programme. Three new episodes are going to cover Inclusive Communication, Music Tech in the Classroom and the Inclusion Journey.

What is it? Across 6 Episodes we are looking at inclusive practice from all different angles. This is a chance to learn new skills and develop your practice in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Aimed at: Music teachers and leaders, Music Education Hubs, schools and anyone else involved in Music Education. Each session is suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners.

Access info: This can be found on the Eventbrite where you book tickets for each event.

Read on for full details!

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Step Up! Webinar Series – Showing the Doing
A Toolkit for Inclusive Music Making

In these webinars we will lift the lid on our approach to inclusive music making and share Drake Music techniques and skills. The topics for each episode are based on core competencies for music educators working with young Disabled people, and are also in line with Music Education Hub Core Roles.

  • 20th May – Episode 4: Inclusive Communications

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People communicate in lots of ways, in this session we will discuss different tools for communicating effectively and inclusively with young musicians.

We will look at practical tools and approaches including Needs-Based Communication and Makaton.

Makaton uses speech with signs (gestures) and symbols (pictures) to help people communicate. We also use facial expression, eye contact and body language to give as much information as possible.

Needs-Based Communication is a way of communicating with people by seeing yours and others’ behaviour as expressions of unmet needs.

These both offer useful ways to expand your communication range and connect with young musicians with diverse communications needs.

We will also discuss tips on how to communicate effectively when working within online spaces.

Book for Episode 4 on Eventbrite

  • 17th June – Episode 5: Getting into Music Tech in the Classroom

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Two of our experienced DM Associate Musicians – Michael Dollan and Caro Churchill – will be taking you through inclusive tech options to use within classroom settings.

They will demonstrate a variety of hardware and software that we use in our Drake Music sessions, with suggestions of how best to utilise the technology within different learning environments.

Lots of music teachers feel a bit afraid of tech, but we’re here to help! Suitable for beginners and more advanced learners to explore a range of instruments, tech and kit that can make your lessons more accessible.

Book for Episode 5 via Eventbrite

  • 30th September – Episode 6: The Inclusion Journey – A discussion with four Music Education Hubs

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Join us for a panel discussion hosted by musician John Kelly, featuring our Music Hub partners:

  • Essex Music Hub
  • Newham Music
  • Coventry Music
  • Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service

The four music hubs will be talking candidly about their experience so far on their different journeys to inclusion. Hear from our partners about what they have changed and tried as they’ve begun to make accessibility one of their organisational priorities.

We will talk in-depth about issues like recruiting, starting inclusive ensembles, putting the Social Model of Disability into action and more. You’ll come away with a clearer idea of what the theory of inclusion really looks like in practice, along with some ideas for the next steps of your inclusion journey.

Book tickets for Episode 6 via Eventbrite

Discounts for Music Hubs

We are offering discounts to Music Education Hubs who would like to make a block booking for their teams. If you would like to do so, have any questions or would like any further info, please contact Think22 Programme Co-ordinator Joy Stacey on