The Short Guide To Accessible Music Education – OUT NOW!

We are delighted to announce that the free guide to accessible music education in the UK is now ready to download!

Drake Music & Drake Music Scotland have collaborated together with the Music Education Council’s working group for Additional Support Needs to create The Short Guide To Accessible Music Education.

The aim is to create a simple ‘one stop shop’ for organisations, resources, venues, assistive music technology and instruments for inclusive approaches to music education.

Postcard promoting the Guide showing black and white images of music workshops with the text "Have You Downloaded It Yet?"

What is “The Short Guide To Accessible Music Education”?

The first edition is a prototype to test the hypothesis that a downloadable guide would be a useful tool for the sector. It comes in the form of a simple PDF with content covering:

  • Music organisations and music charities
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Instruments and Ensembles
  • Professional Development
  • Social Media
  • Accessible music venues and performances

Who is The Guide for?

The Short Guide To Accessible Music Education is aimed at everyone working in music ed to make it easy to learn about inclusivity. We think it will be useful for:

  • Music teachers & leaders working in SEN/D and ASN settings
  • Music teachers & leaders working in mainstream settings
  • Music Education Hub staff
  • Arts & music organisations
  • Parents looking for inclusive music making opportunities
  • Schools & community groups
  • Local councils
  • Music education organisations
  • Universities and trainee teachers

Where can I get The Guide?

The Guide is free to download here:

DOWNLOAD: The Short Guide To Accessible Music Education

The PDF is a joint collaboration and has been compiled by Emma Lines (Drake Music Scotland) and Jonathan Westrup (Drake Music) with support from MEC.

It offers an overview of the sector and this first edition is intended as a starting point to creating a fully comprehensive guide in the future, if that would be useful.

Read more about it in this blog post by Jonathan Westrup on the Youth Music network website.

Gary Day has done research into music and special needs in Northern Ireland in 2016