Fair Play

Fair Play: Participant-Led Intercultural Music-Making

January 2022 - Date TBC

A session exploring Participant-led Intercultural Music-Making delivered by Natalie Mason, Germa Adan, and Maja Pluta from Friction Arts’ Multicultural Music Making Project.

The session will include:

  • An overview of the Multicultural Music Making project and our ‘Principles of Practice’ - the techniques we use to facilitate participant-led music-making sessions
  • A practical exploration of culturally-responsive music-making practices
  • Time to reflect on how relevant and responsive music-making contributes to improving inclusion, diversity and equality in music education

The training is open to anyone working/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. 

This training session is pulled together in partnership with MAC Makes Music as part of the Fair Play training programme from Worcestershire, Warwickshire, and Gloucestershire Music Education Hubs. These events have been made possible through support from Youth Music. 

Download document with more information on the Multicultural Music Making programme

Speaker Biographies

Natalie Mason is an educator, performer-composer and researcher who collaborates with communities, schools and arts organisations. She has a Masters degree in Music and Development from SOAS in London and spent several years living and working in South Africa as a creative music facilitator. Since 2015, Natalie has been directing the Multicultural Music Making project (MMM) she created in partnership with Friction Arts, supported by Youth Music. MMM is a child-centred community music education programme guided and informed by the interests, geographical connections and cultural heritages of the young musicians taking part. As a Midlands4Cities PhD student at the University of Birmingham, Natalie is currently researching international intercultural music-making with children and families in the West Midlands.



Germa Adan is a Birmingham-based singer, musician, composer and educator. Germa holds a BA in Music Performance, Composition and Education, an MA in Community Music and PGCE in Secondary Music Education.  As a music educator, Germa leads and supports music in schools (Early Years, primary and Secondary) and community groups. Germa has a specialist interest in multicultural music making which has led to work at Friction Arts as a support  artist and project evaluator. Germa writes and performs folk-inspired music influenced by her Haitian heritage and American and British folk influences. In addition to educational work with EFDSS, Germa has performed with organisations such as the Nest Collective, Moseley Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folkweek , Cecil Sharp House and various venues around the country.   



Maja Pluta was born and raised in Poland in a musical family, is a violinist and a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2018). A keen improviser, contemporary music performer and chamber musician, she is a member of the BCMG NEXT cohort - a scheme for emerging professional performers of contemporary music - and regularly performs with Birmingham-based Infinite Opera company, which focuses on promoting science through music and reaching new audiences. She has been active as an instrumental teacher, educator and community musician since 2016, working within various organisations and projects, including Multicultural Music Making Project, BCMG, Musicate (Cheltenham Festivals), Welsh National Opera and Centrala Art Gallery.