Music & Drama Education Expo – 9th & 10th Feb 2017

Drake Music will be presenting and talking at the Music & Drama Education Expo on 9th & 10th February in London.

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60 workshops, 48 hours of CPD, 2,500 teachers, 2 days. ONE EXPO

Our Think2020 team will be at the event as part of our strategic aim to boost inclusivity across the music education sector.


On 10th Feb you can join our DMLab workshop: Developing bespoke instruments to overcome disabling barriers

This session will showcase our latest innovative research and development projects.

We have brought skilled music technologists, facilitators and educators into the classroom to develop and trial bespoke ‘instruments’ for pupils.

By adapting and modifying existing assistive music technology and combining this with a lo-fi approach we have opened up new accessible ways to make music.

Our Expo workshop session will give an insight into that work and a chance to see and have a go at some of the innovative solutions achieved.

Panel Discussion

Also on 10th Feb our National Training & Consultancy Manager Douglas Noble and our R&D manager Gawain Hewitt, will be joining a panel discussion looking at: Diversity, inclusion and youth voice in national Music Education policy & practice.

Douglas will be speaking alongside Pete Moser of More Music, Jen Raven of Sound Connections, Samantha Spence of Ealing Music Hub and Carol Reid of the National Foundation for Youth Music.

This is sure to be a lively and engaging debate – a programme highlight, not to be missed!


On Friday February 10th (1:05 – 1:15pm) Jonathan Westrup (Music Education Manager for Drake Music) and Emma Lines (Senior Programme Manager for Drake Music Scotland) will be launching ‘The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education’.

This teachmeet session will focus on working with SEN/D learners and will share the new guide which brings together resources for inclusive music education in one place.

This session is part of the EXPO Sharing Lab.

Our Associate Musician Ben Sellers will also be at Expo with Phil Heeley, founder of Inclusive Music. They are running a fantastic-sounding session which we definitely want to attend: Tackling & taming technology | How to inspire & keep up with your students in the digital age