Training & Networking

Foregrounding Creativity

Wednesday 16th February 2022  |  11.30am-1.30pm  GMT|  Zoom

In this second, mostly practical music making, session on Inclusive Pedagogy, Dr Phil Mullen will give reasons why developing creativity is important for young people generally, and why it is important in inclusive contexts. He will talk about creating a safe atmosphere conducive to creative exploration and will look at a number of ways into improvising, devising and songwriting. 

Quite a bit of the session will be music making in both a big group and small breakout groups and participants are asked to bring an instrument, which of course may include voice.


This is the second of five online lectures/seminars Dr Phil Mullen will be running in partnership with MAC Makes Music on fundamental ideas in inclusive music practice. The others are listed below;

1. February 3rd 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Musical, Personal, Social

3. March 8th 4.30pm - 6.30pm – Sharing Ownership

4. March 23rd 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Accepting and working with what the young people bring

5. April 4th 4.30pm - 6.30pm - Reflective and Reflexive Practice

Phil believes these are the most important practical concepts in running inclusive sessions. All sessions will explain the concept and why it is important in musically inclusive practice. Phil will give a clear understanding of the skills needed to implement this in a variety of contexts and will provide examples and case studies. He will also provide time to answer any attendees’ questions.


Dr Phil Mullen

Phil Mullen is one of the world’s leading experts on musical inclusion and community music. Phil has worked for thirty-five years developing music with people who are socially excluded. He specializes in working with excluded children and young people at risk. He has run workshops and seminars in 27 countries across Europe, North and South America and Asia.

Phil has been inclusion advisor to the UK’s national Sing Up programme and was also involved as an evaluator for the England’s National Foundation for Youth Music’s nationwide Musical Inclusion programme. He works with music organizations and schools around inclusion training and strategic development on inclusion. Since 2018 Phil has worked with 35 of England’s 122 music hubs, helping them develop strategic approaches to musical inclusion.

Phil has a PHD from Winchester University and has written a number of book chapters on musical inclusion including for the Oxford Handbook of Community Music (2018). 


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