Step Up! Webinar Series – Get Inclusive in 2021

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


Music Hubs, music teachers, leaders and tutors, get to grips with the building blocks of inclusion with the Step Up! Webinar Series from Drake Music.

This six-episode series will give you practical tools to develop your music teaching practice, making it more inclusive and accessible. It will look at inclusion from different angles including communication, progression, music tech and ensembles… as well as bringing you some actual live music!

Led by the Think22 team, accompanied by some special guests, this is a chance to learn new skills and develop your practice in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Steve wears a suit with blue skies and clouds on it as he performs underneath a large white balloon in the Barbican

Our approach to the Step Up! series

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.

To inform the series we carried out assessments with teams at our partner Music Hubs, identifying gaps where CPD opportunities were needed. We recommend attending all 6 webinars to gain a rounded view of inclusive music-making.

Booking now: Episodes 1-3

Book your tickets soon for the Step Up! series as the webinars are likely to sell out. Ticket links are below, booked via Eventbrite.

Episode 1 : Start with the Music – Artist showcase featuring: Steve Varden, Ale (National Open Youth Orchestra) and Sonia Allori

Musician and composer Sonia Allori plays the clarinet

See 3 talented Disabled musicians play live in a digital gig which shows what can be achieved when barriers to music are removed. Come and be inspired by these distinctive, accomplished artists.
4th March 2021, 4pm, Zoom – Book your place for Episode 1

Episode 2: Music Making for Mixed Groups

Ben stands triumphantly conducting the group with both hands in the air

For Episode 2 join our Associate Musicians Ben Sellers and Georgina Aasgaard as they demonstrate inclusive music making  for mixed groups, answering the vital question: “How can we make an inaccessible activity accessible?”.
25th March 2021, 4pm, Zoom – Book your place for Episode 2

Episode 3: Tracking Progress – Exploring the Sounds of Intent Framework with Adam Ockelford

Adam is a white man wearing a navy blazer and shirt. He has white grey hair and beard and wears small wire frame glasses.An overview of the Sounds of Intent framework, followed by examples of how to use it in practice in specialist and mainstream settings. Discover an accessible way to track musical progress.
22nd April 2021, 4pm, Zoom – Book your place for Episode 3

Coming Soon

  • 20th May – Episode 4: Inclusive Communication
  • 17th June – Episode 5: Getting into Music Tech in the Classroom
  • 30th September – Episode 6: The Inclusion Journey – A discussion with 4 Music Education Hubs

Access Info

Each webinar will be paced accessibly and notes/slides can be distributed in advance, if requested. We will audio describe visual content and will have a captioner at every session. Our aim is to create a Relaxed environment and to offer access support to remove any barriers to participation. If you have any access requirements which aren’t covered here, please let us know on the booking form.

Ticket Price

The Step Up! Webinar Series ticket price is set at a nominal amount to encourage attendance, whilst remaining affordable for both individuals and organisations. We are also offering a group booking discount (see below).

Group Booking Discount

If you are a Music Education Hub and would like to make a block booking for your tutors to attend the Step Up! Series then drop a line to to find out about our group booking discount.

Testimonials from previous webinar attendees

  • “I feel more secure in knowing what inclusion is and how I can achieve this in my classroom.”
  • “It was good. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Well done to the team!”
  • “Participating in the webinar showed me that there’s a world of resources out there and it’s not too hard to use them!”
  • “Knowing that I was connecting with fellow practitioners and leaders in the field helps develop my sense of not being alone.”
  • “Thought-provoking”

Booking Link

Book your tickets via Eventbrite

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