Think22 at Music & Drama Ed Expo 2020

Logo for Music & Drama Education ExpoOur Think22 music education team are speaking at the Music & Drama Education Expo this week.

We are looking forward to sharing our experience of working with music hubs and bringing young Disabled people into the heart of their work through inclusive ensembles.

We will be hosting a panel discussion with some of our DM team and partners (Essex Music Education Hub and THAMES) looking at inclusive ensembles, like SoundBox in Tower Hamlets and Inclusion Collective in Essex.

Opening up Music Education Hubs for disabled young people

Room & Time: Keynote Theatre, 11.15am – 12pm Thursday 5th March


  • Douglas Noble – Think22 Programme Leader, Drake Music
  • Beverly Heard – Music Ensembles Lead Officer, Essex Music Services, Essex County Council
  • Jak Berry – Manager of Instrumental and Vocal Music, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service
  • Oliver Cross – Drake Music Associate Musician, Freelance Music Educator/ Inclusive Music Leader
  • Cassie Gurling – Musical Inclusion Practitioner and Manager, Drake Music


A multi perspective panel session sharing the learning outcomes and role in the inclusion journey for Music Education Hubs (MEHs) of inclusive ensembles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Considerations in setting up an inclusive ensemble with Disabled and non-disabled participants
  • Practice and equipment, including music tech
  • Outcomes for Children and young people (CYP) and Practitioners
  • How DM can support Music Education Hubs on the inclusion journey

About Think22

Think22 is a strategic programme to boost inclusion in music education, funded by Youth Music. We are part of the AMIE network, a growing movement for change in music education, aiming to ensure  that music-making is open and accessible to every young person.