Sign up to FREE online training sessions led by highly experienced specialist music education practitioners on a range of important topics connected to inclusive practice.

The following training sessions are open to anyone working or interested in working musically with children and young people. This could include, but is not limited to, Music Teachers/Tutors, Community Musicians, Music Leaders, School Teachers, Students, Project Managers, Music Hub Staff. 

MAC Makes Music has been commissioned by the Fair Play project to support with training and workforce development. Fair Play is a Youth Music funded project led by Worcestershire, Warwickshire, and Gloucestershire Music Education Hubs which aims to improve and embed inclusive practice (https://www.severnarts.org.uk/fair-play). 


Upcoming Sessions


Previous Sessions

These sessions have already taken place. If you would like to access the recordings please contact Emma Nenadic: e.nenadic@severnarts.org.uk

Music Technology to Inform Inclusive Practice, Kris Halpin

This Fair Play session, led by Kris Halpin, will explore the use of music technology across different education settings and how it can be incorporated with other instruments for effective, inclusive group music-making. Using the Social Model of Disability, Kris will discuss the value of combining tech and non-tech instruments, speaking from his own lived experience as a disabled musician.  He will also give some practical demonstrations of different forms of music technology, including his Mi.Mu gloves.


Putting Inclusive Pedagogy into Practice, Dr Phil Mullen

This Fair Play training session, led by Dr Phil Mullen, will explore the practical application of inclusive pedagogy in a variety of different musical circumstances. The session will draw on aspects of inclusive pedagogy including;

  1. Creativity
  2. Accepting and working with what the child or young person brings
  3. Shared ownership

The session will also look at tips for embedding inclusivity in the mainstream classroom. 

The training is open to anyone working or interested in working musically with children and young people. This could include, but is not limited to, Music Teachers/Tutors, Community Musicians, Music Leaders, School Teachers, Students, Project Managers, Music Hub Staff.


Developing an Inclusive Mindset, Dr Phil Mullen

The first Fair Play training session was ‘Developing an Inclusive Mindset’ and was delivered by Dr Phil Mullen. The session covered different understandings of and key ideas within musical inclusion. It focused on the link between musical, personal and social outcomes and how to approach barriers to learning. The session also looked into Self-determination Theory also known as the theory of basic psychological wellbeing.  


Leadership, Dr Phil Mullen

The second Fair Play training session was on ‘Leadership’ in inclusive music education and was delivered by Dr Phil Mullen. This session looked at basic leadership approaches and styles, strategies for leadership and leaders’ responsibilities. It also looked at the different roles we take in a session.


Reflective Practice, Dr Phil Mullen

The third Fair Play training session was on ‘Reflective Practice’ and was delivered by Dr Phil Mullen. The session addressed key questions such as;

  • what is reflective practice?
  • why is it useful?
  • how can we reflect best?
  • when do we reflect and what that means?
  • what is the importance of our positionality or stance towards things?




Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can support your hub;

0121 446 3222    |    jen.loffman@macbirmingham.co.uk    |    @macmakesmusic