Training and resources

Teacher smiles at young girl with microphone singing and holding music sheet
Creative Sounds Sandwell Credit: Ben Crawford 2022

MAC Makes Music provides training opportunities and free resources for people interested in working with children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

We advocate for equality in music education, and work with expert practitioners to help teachers, music professionals and organisations develop their inclusive practice.

Our free resources

Online series: Introduction to inclusive music practice with primary-aged children

MAC Makes Music Community Musicians Ann Jones and Daz Adderley provide a series of introductory videos on how to work more inclusively in your music sessions.

This free resource covers working with young people, staff, equipment and space, props and stimuli, warm ups, attention grabbers, participant-led music-making, and reflection and planning. Watch now.

Online series: Introduction to inclusive ensembles

Dan Whitehouse, Music Leader for MAC Makes Music, shares a series of videos on approaching inclusive music groups and band development projects.

This free resource covers singing and confidence, room set-up, song-writing and rhythm, melody and lyrics, using song references, playback, and performances. Watch now.

Music listening with early years children

Get in touch with us to discover the findings from a year-long action research project on how to create rich music listening experiences for early years children.

Online series: Music and young people with SEMH/D

Find a series of training videos by Dr Phil Mullen on working with children with Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties based on in-depth research with Pupil Referral Units.

This free resource covers working in PRUs, building structure, ideas and material, reflective practice, and possible outcomes when working with young people. Watch now.

A short guide to working inclusively through music

Download our practical toolkit on empowering young people in musical settings. This free resource covers why Music Education Hubs should embrace young voices, how to integrate young voices into your strategy and delivery, and how to assess your work and next steps. Download now.

A short guide to working with children and young people with SEMHD

Download our free resource for working musically with children and young people with SEMHD, particularly those excluded from mainstream school. Download now.